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Body composition of children in a depressed economy

Body composition of children in a depressed economy

Ojo, O. ORCID: 0000-0003-0071-3652, Deane, R., Prashad, D. and Ikhatua, U.J. (2000) Body composition of children in a depressed economy. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 904. pp. 424-427. ISSN 0077-8923 (Print), 1749-6632 (Online) (doi:

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Despite many studies that infer that insecurity of food supply and poverty are factors that influence nutrition and health status, the effects of undernutrition on body composition in children are not well documented. In Nigeria, where per capita income has declined from over $1,000 in 1980 to below $200 in 1994, anthropometric studies may be a cost-effective means of early diagnosis of health risks in children and, hence, intervention to aid them. Recently, we showed that about 45% of the children in Benin-City, Nigeria had a deficiency in mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC, unpublished data). Our objective in this study was to evaluate the impact of poverty on body composition in these Nigerian children.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 904, May 2000 - In Vivo Body Composition Studies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body composition; Children; Poverty; Depressed economy
Subjects: Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
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