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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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ALASFOOR, D. et al. Protein-energy malnutrition among preschool children in Oman: results of a national survey. East. Mediterr. health j. [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.5, pp. 1022-1030. ISSN 1020-3397.

We assessed the prevalence of underweight, wasting and stunting among preschool children in Oman from March to December 1999. Within each region, samples of males and females in the age groups 0-5, 6-11, 12-23, 24-35, 36-47 and 48-60 months were drawn from the registers of health institutions and the weight and height/length of the children were measured. The total sample comprised 19 440 children; 9911 males and 9529 females. Data were analysed according to the World Health Organization protocols. The prevalence rates of wasting, stunting and underweight were 7.0%, 10.6% and 17.9% respectively at the national level. There were no sex differences.

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