Undernutrition among Bedouin Arab children: A follow-up of the Bedouin Infant Feeding Study

Michele R. Forman, Gillian L. Hundt, Heinz W. Berendes, Kathy Abu-Saad, Linda Zangwill, David Chang, Ilana Bellmaker, Ismael Abu-Saad, Barry I. Graubard

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Abstract

After 10 y of urban settlement, 680 Bedouin Arab children, who had had anthropometric assessment from birth (1981-1982) through early childhood, were reassessed in 1991-1992 to compare the rates of stunting in early and later childhood as well as to describe the factors influencing current height-for-age. Stunting had dropped from 32.7% at 18 mo to 7.2% at 10 y in the 1981 birth cohort and dropped from 17.5% at 9 mo to 8.2% at 9 y in the 1982 birth cohort. Based on a multiple-linear-regression analysis, height in early childhood and maternal height were statistically significantly and positively associated with current mean height-for-age in both cohorts. In the 1982 cohort socioeconomic status in early childhood was positively and current family size was negatively and significantly associated with current mean height-for-age. Thus, conditions that were present in early childhood had the largest influence on current height. In 1992, 10% and 6% of the infant siblings of the 1981 and 1982 cohorts, respectively, were stunted compared with 17% and 1% of the siblings aged 1-2 y of the respective cohorts. Therefore, the high rates of early childhood stunting in 1981-1982 appeared to be a birth cohort-specific phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-500
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

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