Undernutrition among Bedouin Arab infants: The Bedouin infant feeding study

Michele R. Forman, Katharine S. Guptill, David N. Chang, Batia Sarov, Heinz W. Berendes, Lechaim Naggan, Gillian L. Hundt

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    Two hundred seventy-four healthy Bedouin Arab newborns in 1981 were followed for 18 mo to examine the relationship between infant-feeding practices and growth during planned social change. Although wasting was not prevalent, the prevalence rate of stunting (≤ -2 SDs) increased from 12% to 19% to 32% at 6, 12, and 18 mo, respectively. After multiple-logistic-regression adjustment for covariates, the odds ratio (OR) of stunting at 6 mo was reduced among infants breast-fed only or fed with supplement compared with weaned infants. Infant-feeding practices were not associated with stunting in later infancy; however, those stunted at 6 mo had an OR of 13 of stunting at 12 mo and those stunted at 12 mo had an OR of 14 of stunting at 18 mo. In a multiple-linear-regression analysis, seasonality, duration of breast-feeding, hospitalized morbidity, and residual of height at 6 mo were negatively associated with daily average linear growth from 6 to 12 mo; these factors only explained 12% of the variation in daily linear growth.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-349
    Number of pages7
    JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Nutrition and Dietetics


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