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Table 2 Nutritional status and dietary intake of children under-five years

From: The effect of maternal and child factors on stunting, wasting and underweight among preschool children in Northern Ghana

Characteristics Mean ± SD Frequency (n) Percentage (%)
Nutritional status
 Height-for age-z-score (HAZ) −1.33 ± 1.2   
 Weight-for-height-z-score (WHZ) −0.64 ± 1.1   
 Weight-for-age-z-score (WAZ) −1.18 ± 1.1   
 Stunted (HAZ < −2)   120 28.2
 Wasted (WHZ < −2)   42 9.9
 Underweight (WAZ < −2)   82 19.3
 Overweight (WHZ > 2)   8 1.9
Feeding practices
 Currently breastfeeding   217 51.1
 Timely initiation of breast feeding within one hour   211 49.6
 Introduction of complementary foods at 6 months   162 38.1
 Received colostrum   375 88.2
 *Minimum meal frequency (children aged 6–23 months)   141 64.7
 *Minimum dietary diversity (≥4 food groups)   100 45.9
 *Minimum Acceptable diet (children aged 6–23 months)   91 41.7
  1. *Sample size (n) for children 6–23 months = 218