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Table 4 The bivariate associations between the children’s characteristics and children’s nutritional status

From: Predictors of poor nutritional status among children aged 6–24 months in agricultural regions of Mali: a cross-sectional study

Children Characteristics Underweight (%) WAZWHO Stunted (%) HAZWHO Wasted (%) WHZWHO Wasted (%) MUAC < 115 cm
N 1815 1815 1815 1815
Age group (months)
 6–11 21.3 17.8 14.1 20.8
 12–17 26.6 28.8 18.4 17.8
 18–24 23.7 40.1 9.7 9.9
P trend 0.09 0.001 0.001 0.001
Sex of child
 Boy 28.7 33.4 16.5 14.3
 Girl 18.5 22.7 12.0 18.9
P 0.001 0.001 0.007 0.009
Child born at term
  < 37 weeks 26.9 22.2 21.4 24.8
  ≥ 37 weeks 23.6 28.9 13.7 15.8
P 0.37 0.08 0.009 0.003
The child is still breastfed
 No 25.3 27.3 12.4 13.5
 Yes 23.5 36.0 14.6 16.9
P 0.61 0.01 0.42 0.22
Deworming therapy during the last 6 months
 Yes 24.4 30.2 14.8 16.7
 No 23.1 25.5 13.8 16.4
 Don’t know 21.8 22.1 10.7 12.0
P 0.78 0.057 0.66 0.67
Diarrhea during the past 2 weeks
 Yes 27.0 31.9 16.5 18.3
 No 21.6 26.1 12.8 15.1
P 0.01 0.02 0.05 0.02
Fever during the last 2 weeks
 Yes 26.5 29.1 15.8 18.0
 No 21.5 27.7 12.9 15.1
P 0.01 0.54 0.08 0.11
Coughing during the last 2 weeks
 Yes 26.1 29.8 15.0 16.5
 No 22.8 27.7 13.9 16.4
P 0.30 0.65 0.07 0.85
Individual Dietary Diversity Score class
 0–4 23.9 28.1 14.4 16.4
 4+ 22.9 34.8 13.3 18.9
P 0.86 0.26 0.82 0.60
  1. Data are the prevalence of the nutritional status according to the children’s characteristics classes
  2. The significance level was set at 0.05 for all the tests