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Table 1 General characteristics of the school children (N = 450)

From: Prevalence and predictors of under-nutrition among school children in a rural South-eastern Nigerian community: a cross sectional study

Variables Frequency Percentage 95% CI
Age of the mother
 15–34 years 166 36.9 30.0–51.1
 35 years and above 284 63.1 48.9–70.0
 Total 450 100.0  
Mother’s educational level
 Less than secondary education 303 67.3 23.3–43.3
 Secondary education and above 147 32.7 56.7–76.7
 Total 450 100.0  
Mother married
 Yes 420 93.3 11.1–27.8
 No 30 6.7 72.2–98.9
 Total 450 100.0  
Occupation
 Employed 403 89.6 58.2–97.1
 Unemployed 47 10.4 7.6–13.3
 Total 450 100.0  
Family type
 Monogamy 278 61.8 57.3–66.2
 Polygamy 91 20.2 16.7–23.8
 Single 81 18.0 14.7–21.8
 Total 450 100.0  
Household head
 Male 246 54.7 50.0–59.1
 Female 204 45.3 40.9–50.0
 Total 450 100.0  
Household income
 25,000 Naira and below (≤79.43$) 315 70.0 61.8–78.9
 Above 25,000 Naira (> 79.43$) 135 30.0 23.6–36.5
 Total 450 100.0  
Weekly food expenditure
 5000 Naira and below (≤15.89$) 204 45.3 41.1–50.4
 Above 5000 Naira (> 15.89$) 246 54.7 46.5–62.5
 Total 450 100.0  
Energy intake (N = 90)
 Adequate (≥100% of RNI) 29 32.2 25.8–40.2
 Inadequate (<  100% of RNI) 61 67.8 58.0–72.4
 Total 90 100.0  
Carbohydrate intake (N = 90)
 Adequate (≥100% of RNI) 75 83.3 75.6–91.1
 Inadequate (<  100% of RNI) 15 16.7 8.9–24.4
 Total 90 100.0  
Vitamin A intake (N = 90)
 Adequate (≥100% of RNI) 66 73.3 64.4–83.3
 Inadequate (<  100% of RNI) 24 26.7 16.7–35.6
 Total 90 100.0  
Zinc intake (N = 90)
 Adequate (≥100% of RNI) 90 100.0  
 Inadequate (<  100% of RNI) 0 0.0  
 Total 90 100.0  
  1. RNI, Recommended nutrient intakes, CI Confidence interval