Household food insecurity predisposes to undiversified diet in northwest Ethiopia: Finding from the baseline survey of nutrition project, 2016

Amare Tariku, Kedir Abdela Gonete, Gashaw Andargie Bikes, Kassahun Alemu, Aysheshim Kassahun Belew, Molla Mesele Wassie, Tadesse Awoke Ayele, Ejigu Gebeye, Zegeye Abebe, Azeb Atnafu Gete, Melkie Edris Yesuf, Yigzaw Kebede, Abebaw Addis Gelagay, Kindie Fentahun Muchie

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Abstract

Objective: Adolescence represents a critical stage of life, characterized by rapid physical growth and development; varying levels of physical, social and psychological maturity; and a transition from total socio-economic dependence to relative independence. Focusing on adolescents' nutrition, especially girls, provides a unique opportunity to break the intergenerational cycles of malnutrition. But, there is little information about the dietary diversity of adolescent girls in Dabat district. Therefore, the survey aimed to assess the prevalence and associated factors of dietary diversity among adolescent girls. Results: The overall prevalence of adequate dietary diversity among adolescent girls was 14.5 (95% CI 12.9, 16.2). The prevalence of adequate dietary diversity among adolescent girls was very low and food insecurity is one of the predisposing factors for low dietary diversity. Therefore, working to enhance household's food security status is recommended to boost dietary diversification of adolescent's girls.

Original languageEnglish
Article number54
Number of pages7
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent girls
  • Dabat
  • Dietary diversity score

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