Journal Article

Assessment of nutritional status in the Amazigh children of Amizmiz (Azgour Valley, High Atlas and Morocco)

Roberto Buffa, Abdellatif Baali, Abdelaziz Lahmam, Hakima Amor, Mariam Zouini, Giovanni Floris, Walter Racugno, María G. Domínguez-Bello and Elisabetta Marini

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 55, issue 6, pages 406-408
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmp032
Assessment of nutritional status in the Amazigh children of Amizmiz (Azgour Valley, High Atlas and Morocco)

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The Berbers of the High Atlas (Amazigh) live in very severe socio-economic and climatic conditions, which expose children to the risk of malnutrition. In this study we used anthropometry and bioelectrical impedance analysis for the assessment of nutritional status. Height, weight and bioelectrical parameters were taken on 71 children (28 boys and 43 girls). Height and BMI were standardized using the 2007 WHO reference. The results show that 36.6% of the children were classified as stunted and 8.5% as wasted. Based on the Bioelectrical Impedance Vector Analysis, children from the High Atlas had an adequate body cell mass, but a high risk of dehydration (42.3%).

Keywords: anthropometry; bioimpedance; developing countries; malnutrition

Journal Article.  1383 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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