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Table 2 Parents’ socio- demographic and economic characteristics

From: Under nutrition, maternal anemia and household food insecurity are risk factors of anemia among preschool aged children in Menz Gera Midir district, Eastern Amhara, Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Background characteristic Frequency Percentage
Sex of the child care giver
 Female 420 97.2
 Male 12 2.8
Residence
 Rural 390 90.3
 Urban 42 9.7
Relationship with care giver
 Mother 414 95.8
 Father 12 2.8
 Others 6 1.4
Marital Status
 Married 402 93.0
 Divorced 25 5.8
 Single 5 1.2
Sex of the head of the household
 Male 406 93.99
 Female 26 6.01
Occupation of Mother
 Housewife 411 95.2
 Government employed 14 3.2
 Merchant 7 1.6
Father’s Occupation
 Farmer 365 84.5
 Governmental Employee 22 5.1
 Labor 19 4.4
 Merchant 26 6.0
Maternal Educational status
 No Education 158 36.6
 Primary School 155 35.9
 Secondary completed 98 22.7
 Higher Education Completed 21 4.9
Father’s Educational status
 No Education 94 21.8
 Primary School 191 44.2
 Secondary completed 125 28.9
 Higher Education complete 22 5.1
Household Wealth quintile
 Higher 64 14.8
 Medium 164 38.0
 Lower 204 47.2
Household dietary Diversity Score (HDDS)
 Low 188 43.5
 Medium 214 49.5
 High 30 7.0
Family size in the household
 ≤ 3 98 22.7
 4–6 275 63.7
 ≥ 7 59 13.6
Household Food Security
 Food Secured 117 27.1
 Food Insecured 315 72.9