Levels of Consumption of Complementary Foods among Underweight Children from 6 to 23 Months in Bangladesh

  • Md. Mostafijur Rahman Department of Business Administration, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga, Bangladesh
  • Md. Razwan Hasan Khan Chowdhury Department of Sociology, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga, Bangladesh
  • Shamsun Naher Department of Sociology, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga, Bangladesh
  • Md. Najmul Hasan Department of Business Administration First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga, Bangladesh
  • Sazin Islam Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga, Bangladesh

Abstract

Inadequate and inappropriate consumptions of complementary foods among under five years of age, is a burning agenda over the nutritional status of children in Bangladesh. The aim of the study is to measure the level of consumption of complementary foods among underweight children from  6 to 23 months in Bangladesh. All data including complementary food patterns, nutritional status and other socio-demographic factors were obtained from Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey (BDHS) 2011 data set. A total of 706 underweight children aged 6–23 months were selected for analysis. A simple but prominent index called “dimension index” was used to estimate the level of consumption of complementary foods among children. T-test and ANOVA test have been used to identify the mean difference of the level of consumption of complementary foods among underweight children aged 6 to 23 months. The overall mean level consumption of complimentary foods was 22.5%. The study also identified that the multilevel factors, such as, age of child, birth order of child, size of the child, mother’s education, father’s education, father’s employment status, socio-economic status, food insecurity and place of residence are responsible for assessing significant mean differences of the level consumption of complementary foods among underweight children aged 6 to 23 months. Concerned stakeholders must take into account multilevel social factors while formulating strategies to improve nutritional status among children.  

Published
Sep 4, 2017
How to Cite
RAHMAN, Md. Mostafijur et al. Levels of Consumption of Complementary Foods among Underweight Children from 6 to 23 Months in Bangladesh. International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 4, p. 228-234, sep. 2017. ISSN 2399-8164. Available at: <http://ijpph.org/index.php/ijpph/article/view/83>. Date accessed: 20 nov. 2017.
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