Maternal nutritional status as a determinant of child health

M. Rahman, S. K. Roy, M. Ali, A. K. Mitra, A. N. Alam, M. S. Akbar

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To determine the relationship between the nutritional status of the mother and that of the child, 339 children aged 3-36 months and their mothers in two urban hospitals and a community out-patient clinic, were studied. The weight and height of both children and their mothers were measured, and body mass indices (BMI) of the mothers were calculated. Socio-economic status, maternal educational level, and dietary information were recorded in a predesigned questionnaire. The child's nutritional status, as indicated by weight for age (as a percentage of NCHS median), was associated with the body mass index of the mother (P<0.001), socio-economic status of the family (P<0.001), and breastfeeding status of the child (P<0.005) in a multivariate analysis after adjusting for several prognostic factors. The results indicate that maternal nutritional status is a proximate determinant of a child's nutritional status and should be considered in programmes aiming at improving child health

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-88
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of tropical pediatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Rahman, M., Roy, S. K., Ali, M., Mitra, A. K., Alam, A. N., & Akbar, M. S. (1993). Maternal nutritional status as a determinant of child health. Journal of tropical pediatrics, 39(2), 86-88.