Nutritional status of a group of Bolivians living in the state of Cochabamba

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Effat Abdel-Kader Zahran (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Aden C. Magee

Abstract: The nutritional status of 710 Bolivians was evaluated in connection with a project sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development for the promotion of soybean utilization. Rural and urban families residing in the state of Cochabamba were included in the study. Criteria used to evaluate nutritional status included demographic factors, anthropometric data, energy and nutrient intakes, and hemoglobin and hematocrit determinations. The adequacy of the diets with regard to eight nutrients and energy was evaluated using the Food and Agricultural Organization Recommended Dietary Intakes, and the amino acid content of proteins ingested by the Bolivian sample was compared to the FAO reference pattern. Anthropometric data on weight and height/age and arm measurements/age were compared to the 50th percentiles of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Frisancho standards, respectively. The Gomez and Waterlow classifications were used to determine the degree of protein-energy malnutrition found in the sample population. Hematological data were compared to the appropriate World Health Organization (WHO) standards, and partial correlations were used to examine the relationships between iron intakes and hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. Multiple regression analysis was used to determine the relationships of five demographic variables and the overall adequacy of the Bolivian diets.

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Language: English
Date: 1982
Bolivians $x Nutrition
Bolivians $x Health and hygiene
Cochabamba (Bolivia) $x Social conditions

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