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Table 8 Bivariate analysis of predictors of wasting among children

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

Characteristic N Classification of wasting p value
Normal
n (%)
Wasted
n (%)
Sex 0.013
 Male 216 187 (86.6) 29 (13.4)
 Female 209 196 (93.8) 13 (6.2)
Age group of child (months) 0.001
 6–11 72 59 (81.9) 13 (18.1)
 12–23 138 117 (84.8) 21 (15.2)
 24–35 108 102 (94.4) 6 (5.6)
 36–47 70 69 (98.6) 1 (1.4)
 48–59 37 36 (97.3) 1 (2.7)
Birth weight 0.036
  < 2.5 Kg 23 18 (78.3) 5 (21.7)
  ≥ 2.5 Kg 170 158 (92.9) 12 (7.1)
BMI of mother 0.015
 Underweight 27 20 (74.1) 7 (25.9)
 Normal 306 279 (91.2) 27 (8.8)
 Overweight 92 84 (91.3) 8 (8.7)
Other children under 3 years in household 0.030
 Yes 341 302 (88.6) 39 (11.4)
 No 84 81 (96.4) 3 (3.6)
Minimum dietary diversity <0.001
 Yes 271 256 (94.5) 15 (5.5)
 No 154 127 (82.5) 27 (17.5)
Consumption of vitamin A rich fruits and vegetables 0.012
 Yes 286 265 (92.7) 21 (7.3)
 No 139 118 (84.9) 21 (15.1)
Consumption of flesh foods <0.001
 Yes 331 309 (93.4) 22 (6.6)
 No 94 74 (78.7) 20 (21.3)