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The economic and nutrition transition in Equatorial Guinea coincided with a double burden of over- and under nutrition


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  • Custodio, Estefanía
  • Descalzo, Miguel Ángel
  • Roche, Jesús
  • Molina, Laura
  • Sánchez, Ignacio
  • Lwanga, Magdalena
  • Torres, Alberto Manuel
  • Fernández-Zincke, Eduardo
  • Bernis, Cristina
  • Villamor, Eduardo
  • Baylin, Ana
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    We assess trends in children's nutritional status in Equatorial Guinea, a country in socioeconomic transition. Nationally representative samples were conducted in 1997, at the start of the economic take off, and again in 2004. Children aged 0-60 months were included in the surveys (N = 436, 552). Both surveys included a sociodemographic, dietary and health questionnaire, and anthropometric measurements from which height-for-age (HAZ); weight-for-age (WAZ) and weight-for-height (WHZ) Z-scores were calculated. Between 1997 and 2004, the prevalence of child overweight for all children increased from 21.8% to 31.7%, especially in urban areas (from 18.2% to 29.4%, p = 0.01). Stunting prevalence among children >=2 years old decreased (from 57.9% to 45.3%, pÂ

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics & Human Biology.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 80-87

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:8:y:2010:i:1:p:80-87

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    Keywords: Nutrition transition Children Africa Equatorial Guinea Overweight Stunting Malnutrition Economic development Height Physical stature;


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    1. Hohmann, Sophie & Garenne, Michel, 2010. "Health and wealth in Uzbekistan and sub-Saharan Africa in comparative perspective," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 8(3), pages 346-360, December.
    2. Lee, Jounghee & Houser, Robert F. & Must, Aviva & de Fulladolsa, Patricia Palma & Bermudez, Odilia I., 2012. "Socioeconomic disparities and the familial coexistence of child stunting and maternal overweight in guatemala," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 10(3), pages 232-241.


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