International Journal of Preventive Medicine Research
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International Journal of Preventive Medicine Research, Vol.1, No.3, Aug. 2015, Pub. Date: Jun. 16, 2015
Effect of Local Complementary Food Mixes on the Weight of Malnourished Children in Peshawar, Pakistan
Pages: 84-87 Views: 1130 Downloads: 393
Authors
[01] Zia-ud-Din , Department of Human Nutrition, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.
[02] Muhammad Abbas, Department of Human Nutrition, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.
[03] Saleem Khan, Department of Human Nutrition, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.
[04] Zafar Iqbal, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.
[05] Mudassar Iqbal, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.
[06] Muhammad Hussain, Department of Human Nutrition, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.
[07] Zahoor Ahmad, Department of Human Nutrition, the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.
Abstract
Complementary biscuits were prepared from wheat and rice in the Department of Human Nutrition laboratory KPK, Agricultural University, Peshawar. Interventions of these biscuits were performed among malnourished children (< 2 years; weight-for age z-score below the 5th centile of WHO standards). Malnourished children were selected from the pediatric ward of Hayatabad Medical complex (HMC) Peshawar. Total of 160 malnourished children were selected. These children were divided into 4 groups; each group included 40 malnourished children. Group 1, 2 and 3 received wheat, rice and commercial cerelac product respectively, while group 4 was control. Weights of all groups were taken using standardized methods before and during intervention at 15, 30, 45 and 60 days. Before intervention the weight for age z-score of wheat, rice, cerelac and control groups were -1.89, -1.98, -1.94 and -1.95 respectively while after intervention, weight for age Z-score was -1.22, -1.48, -1.39 and -1.53, respectively. The results revealed that on average, wheat group showed growth performance better than other groups after intervention.
Keywords
Complementary Foods, Weight Gain, Malnourished Children
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