Nutritional status among chinese preschoolers in Subang Jaya, Selangor

Norimah Abdul Karim, Lau Kah Kheng

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A nutritional status study was carried out among Chinese preschoolers (4-6 years old) residing in Subang Jaya, Selangor. 91 preschoolers (48 boys and 43 girls) of Chinese descent participated in the study. Anthropometric measurements such as weight and height were taken and compared with the NCHS reference. Food habits and demographic background were also evaluated. The results indicated that the prevalence of underweight, wasting and stunting was 2% respectively, while the prevalence of overweight was 3%. Food habits data showed that most preschoolers consumed the daily main meals and snack once a day. Fruits were consumed between three to four times per week. Food items preferred by these preschoolers were milk, fish and fruits. In general, preschoolers in this study favoured foods, which were deep fried rather than steamed or roasted. Correlation analysis showed that there was no significant relationship between income, education of parents and anthropometric index (weight for age, height for age and weight for height). The nutritional status of these preschool children in Subang Jaya was satisfactory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Nutrition
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000

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Nutritional status among chinese preschoolers in Subang Jaya, Selangor. / Karim, Norimah Abdul; Kheng, Lau Kah.

In: Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.01.2000, p. 45-53.

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