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Stunting and weight statuses of adolescents differ between public and private schools in urban Gambia

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  • Alimatou Juwara

    (National Yang-Ming University)

  • Nicole Huang

    (National Yang-Ming University
    National Yang-Ming University)

  • Li-Ying Chien

    (National Yang-Ming University
    National Yang-Ming University)

  • Hsin-Jen Chen


    (National Yang-Ming University
    National Yang-Ming University)

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    Abstract Objectives This study assessed the disparity in nutritional status of adolescents between public and private schools in urban Gambia. Methods This is a school-based cross-sectional study in six private and six public upper basic schools in urban Gambia. This study recruited 491 students from public and 469 students from private schools (13–15 years of age). Results The prevalence of stunting (WHO height-for-age Z +1SD) (OR = 2.85, 95 % CI 1.55–5.22), but less likely to be thin (BMI-for-age Z

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    Article provided by Springer & Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) in its journal International Journal of Public Health.

    Volume (Year): 61 (2016)
    Issue (Month): 6 (July)
    Pages: 717-726

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:ijphth:v:61:y:2016:i:6:d:10.1007_s00038-016-0836-6
    DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0836-6
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