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Revista Médica de Risaralda

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OCAMPO RINCON, John Jairo et al. Assessment of the nutritional status in population younger than 10 years-old from the municipality Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia. 2011. First part: Global malnutrition. Revista médica Risaralda [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.1, pp.60-67. ISSN 0122-0667.

Introduction: Assessment of the nutritional state in pediatric population is one of the major issues of relevance in public health. For these reasons a research project was made to determinate the nutritional state in children less than 10 years-old at the municipality of Pereira, Colombia, 2011. In this study, the first part corresponding to global deficit malnutrition is presented. Materials and methods: A cross nutritional survey, with a probabilistic and stratified sample was made. This used the indicator Weight for Age in children less than 10 years-old of Pereira (2011). Sample was collected at schools and family homes of the municipality. Results are compared with indicators of 2001 and 2008 studies, with similar methodologies. Results: For 2011 a considerable improvement in global deficit malnutrition, compared with 2001 results was observed, with a reduction of 9.8 percent points (from 32.5% to 22.7%) (30.2% of reduction). This rate decreased for 2008, but in 2.4 percent points (from 32.5% at 2001 to 30.1% in 2008) (7.4% of reduction), however, reduction between 2008 and 2011 was more marked, 7.4 percent points (from 30.1% at 2008 to 22.7% in 2011) (24.5% of reduction), additionally considering that between both studies 7 years passed, but between the last one and the current only 3 years. Discussion: Present results should orient the design of public policies that promote the advance in social development, improvement of life conditions as well ways to impact in the availability of food and nutritional education in the municipality in order to integrally improve the nutritional conditions of the childhood population in Pereira.

Keywords : Nutritional assessment; global deficit malnutrition; epidemiology; indicators; Colombia.

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