Malnutrition among children younger than 5 years-old in conflict zones of Chiapas, Mexico

Héctor Javier Sánchez-Pérez, Miguel A. Hernán, Adriana Ríos-González, Marcos Arana-Cedeño, Albert Navarro, Douglas Ford, Mark A. Micek, Paula Brentlinger

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We performed a cross-sectional, community-based survey, supplemented by interviews with community leaders in Chiapas, Mexico, to examine the prevalence and predictors of child malnutrition in regions affected by the Zapatista conflict. The prevalence rates of stunting, wasting, and underweight were 54.1%, 2.9%, and 20.3%, respectively, in 2666 children aged younger than 5 years. Stunting was associated with indigenous ethnicity, poverty, region of residence, and intracommunity division. The results indicate that malnutrition is a serious public health problem in the studied regions.
Idioma originalEnglish
Pàgines (de-a)229-232
RevistaAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volum97
Número2
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de febr. 2007

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