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International Journal of Home Science

2016, VOL. 2 ISSUE 1, PART A

Influence of socio-economic factors on nutritional status of rural children at Nkontompo in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of Ghana

Author(s): Millicent Mensah
Abstract:
Malnutrition is a global menace pervasively affecting the growth and development of human life especially on children. While malnutrition is believed to be caused by different factors, the conventional literature has pointed out that the socio-economic variables of people affect their nutritional status. The study was a cross-sectional descriptive survey. Using a structured questionnaire and measurements of weight and height the researcher generally sought to examine how socio-economic and environmental conditions, together with feeding practices affect the nutritional status of rural children under five years in Nkontompo in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis. A major finding of this study is that, 95% of the children of school going age in Nkontompo are not malnourished because, parents have good knowledge of the effective practices to help their nutritional status. The key practices identified in the community are breast feeding, immunization, monitoring of weight loss or gain, complementary feeding.
Pages: 31-36  |  78 Views  31 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Millicent Mensah. Influence of socio-economic factors on nutritional status of rural children at Nkontompo in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of Ghana. Int J Home Sci 2016;2(1):31-36.
International Journal of Home Science