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Adult characteristics of survivors of early life malnutrition in an impoverished population

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dc.contributor.author Muthuuri, J.M.
dc.contributor.author Some, Eliab
dc.contributor.author Chege, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-05T12:24:03Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-05T12:24:03Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/5104
dc.description Journal Article Full text: https://www.clinicalnutritionjournal.com/article/S0261-5614(19)33123-1/fulltext en_US
dc.description.abstract Background & aims: To determine the characteristics of adults who survived early life malnutrition (ELM) and the possible associated factors. The setting is an impoverished community in Kenya. The coastal region of Kenya has a high prevalence of acute protein-energy-malnutrition and stunting. Methods: Observational cross-sectional survey where 872 skeletally mature adults of African origin, were surveyed in a period of three months. A discrimination tool to detect ELM survivors was created. Personal, historical and family data were collected in a semi-structured questionnaire. Various observations and body measurements were done. The subjects were grouped into two, those with ELM (Group1), and those without (Group2). Results: Group1 had 242 participants, 49.8% males, mean age of 49.1 ± 8.7 years. Group2 had 630 participants, 48.3% males, mean age 41.0 ± 9.7 years. The phenotypic characteristics included height, BMI, and head circumference (P < 0.05). Developmental characteristics were duration of schooling, occupation and income (P < 0.001). Factors associated with malnutrition were County of origin, parental education, parental occupation, and family size (P < 0.001). Conclusions: There are discernible phenotypic and developmental characteristics associated with adult survivors of ELM. The predisposing factors for ELM are location of birth, parental education and occupation, and family size. en_US
dc.publisher Clinical Nutrition Experimental - Elsevier en_US
dc.subject Characteristics, Factors, Early-life-malnutrition en_US
dc.title Adult characteristics of survivors of early life malnutrition in an impoverished population en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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