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GAVIRIA, Javier A; LARGO, Carlos  and  RODRIGUEZ-MORALES, Alfonso J. Nutritional status in children under 10 years old attended at the ESE Hospital Santa Mónica of Dosquebradas, Risaralda, Colombia, in the period 2008-2012. Medicas UIS [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.2, pp.209-220. ISSN 0121-0319.

Introduction: nutritional state in pediatric population is a major topic for public health; this reflects different aspects of life conditions and healthy environments for good growth and development. In Dosquebradas there are no studies in the last decade describing that situation. Objetive: for these reasons, a study assessing the nutritional state of children < 10 years-old population attended at the Hospital Santa Monica, municipality Dosquebradas, Risaralda, Colombia, 2008-2012, was done. Materials and Methods: a non-longitudinal retrospective study, with a convenience sample of 34315 children, assessing the indicators Weight for Age (W/A global deficit malnutrition), Height for Age, chronic deficit malnutrition, Weight for Height and Body Mass Index, acute deficit malnutrition, in children less than 10 years-old, was done. Results: for global malnutrition a prevalence of 18.99% (18.99-19.41 95%CI) was found. For chronic malnutrition was 20.86% (20.43- 21.29 95%CI). And for acute malnutrition 25.81% (25.35-26.28 95%CI). Conclusions: present results should guide to the design of public policies that would impulse nutritional intervention policies, food safety, food availability and nutritional education in the municipality with the objective to integrally improve nutritional conditions at the children population of Dosquebradas. A considerable level of malnutrition still exist in the pediatric population of Dosquebradas attended at the Hospital Santa Mónica of Dosquebradas. MÉD.UIS. 2015;28(2):209-20

Keywords : Nutritional State; Epidemiology; Anthropometrics; Indicators of Quality of Life; Malnutrition; Public Health.

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