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Table 4 Multivariate analysis of risk factors for underweight, stunting and thinness among the school children

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

Independent variables AOR 95% CI P value
  Underweight
Female household head 0.30 0.12–0.75 0.010*
Income above 25,000 Naira (79.43$) 0.63 0.21–1.92 0.419
Weekly food expenditure above 5000 Naira (15.89$) 0.19 0.08–0.46 0.000***
Older school children (10–15 years) 1.57 0.56–4.44 0.392
Female school children 1.51 0.63–3.58 0.354
  Stunting
Income above 25,000 Naira (79.43$) 1.01 0.31–3.29 0.986
Weekly food expenditure above 5000 Naira (15.89$) 0.36 0.13–0.95 0.039*
Female school children 0.31 0.11–0.83 0.020*
Older school children (10–15 years) 1.45 0.51–4.16 0.488
Malaria present 0.37 0.12–1.10 0.072
Tapeworm present 0.69 0.22–2.20 0.530
  Thinness
Secondary school children 1.20 0.66–2.16 0.550
Income above 25,000 Naira (79.43$) 0.47 0.25–0.88 0.019*
Weekly food expenditure above 5000 Naira (15.89$) 0.49 0.30–0.80 0.005**
Older school children (10–15 years) 1.35 0.68–2.69 0.392
Female school children 0.68 0.42–1.12 0.129
  1. AOR Adjusted odds ratio, CI Confidence interval, *P < 0.05 **P < 0.01 ***P < 0.001