The comparison of height for age index with normal distribution in Eslamabade-Gharb students (2007-8)

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Badrieh Sahargahi 1 , Ramin Pormehr 1 , Mansour Rezaei 2 , * , Mohammad Reza Naderi 1 , Soghra Mohammadi 1 , Ali Moradi 1

1 Islam Abad-e-Gharb Health Network, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Dept. of Biostatistics, School of Health, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

How to Cite: Sahargahi B, Pormehr R, Rezaei M, Naderi M R, Mohammadi S, et al. The comparison of height for age index with normal distribution in Eslamabade-Gharb students (2007-8), J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2012 ; 16(5):e77352.

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 16 (5); e77352
Published Online: December 29, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 17, 2012
Accepted: June 05, 2012

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Abstract

Background:  Monitoring height for age is very important indicator in children and teenagers periods. Unfortunately in screening for students’ nutritional problems, only students with height below 3rd percentile of health road (height, weight or BMI charts) are reported and plotted in national growth charts, whereas attention to total normal distribution of student growth and comparison with it is more important. The aim of this study was to compare national students’ height for age distribution charts with normal distribution.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study 7940 male and female students of Islam Abad-e-Gharb were studied during nutritional school screening from 2007 to2008. The distribution of this index compared with standard normal distribution using Chi square goodness of fit test.

Results: There was a significant difference (P<0.05) between height tow age and standard normal distribution a mong the students. Besides, 61.1 percent of students fall under 50th percentiles.

Conclusion: The number of well-nourished students in Eslamabade-Gharb was less than what was expected. Thus, paying attention to the malnourished students for prevention of shortness seems to be necessary.

Keywords

student height for age percentile well-nourished malnutrition

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