Stunting and zinc deficiency among primary school children in rural areas with low soil zinc concentrations in Jiangsu Province, China

Yu Qin, A. Boonstra, J. Zhao, M. Wu, X. Hu, F.J. Kok

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess stunting and zinc deficiency among primary school children in north rural area of Jiangsu Province with low soil zinc concentrations, eastern part of China. METHODS: Two data collection rounds were conducted. In the first data collection round, 2268 primary school children aged 6-9 years were included by cluster sampling from three counties with low soil zinc concentrations. Anthropometric measures were assessed and stunting was defined as a z-score of height-for-age (HAZ) below -2 according to the WHO new Growth Standards in 2006. For the second data collection round, the county with the highest prevalence of stunting was selected. From this county, 297 children aged 6-9 years were recruited by cluster sampling. Anthropometric measures, serum and hair zinc, and haemoglobin were measured at this stage. RESULTS: The total prevalence of stunting (HAZ <-2) and mild stunting (-2
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • controlled-trial
  • supplements
  • population
  • indicators
  • overweight
  • nutrition
  • thailand
  • obesity
  • iron

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