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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. Third part: Acute malnutrition. Revista médica Risaralda [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.2, pp.131-136. 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 study was made to determinate the nutritional state in children less than 10 years-old at the municipality of Pereira, 2011. in this article the third part corresponding to acute 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 Height 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 acute deficit malnutrition, compared with 2008 results was observed, with a reduction of 7.4% (from 22.8% to 15.4%). in those less than 2 years-old, prevalence was of 22.3% whilst in those 2-9.999 years-old was 16.43%. 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. in order to assess the impact of those interventions, especially in acute malnutrition, this kind of periodical studies should be done to see their effects and trends in its reduction.

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

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