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Schoolchildren's food consumption and dietary intake during the dry season in north-west Namibia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, ISSN 0963-7486, E-ISSN 1465-3478, Vol. 56, no 6, 367-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The diet of school-aged children in north-west Namibia was investigated. Data on food consumption were collected using the 24-h recall interview method. The field study was conducted during the dry season. The subjects were schoolchildren aged between 8 and 15 years living in either a small town (n=43) or a rural area (n=10). In town, the main sources of energy were maize porridge and wheat bread, and for the rural children, sour milk and maize. The consumption of vegetables, fruit and legumes was very low in both groups. The mean intakes of energy were 6.7 MJ/day for children living in town and 4.7 MJ/day for rural subjects. The intakes of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate were inadequate in both groups. Our findings show that during the dry season, the diets of Namibian school-aged children are monotonous.

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2005. Vol. 56, no 6, 367-375 p.
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Namibia, schoolchildren, food consumption, dietary intake, dry season
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-75840DOI: 10.1080/09637480500195157ISI: 000234358700001PubMedID: 16361178OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-75840DiVA: diva2:103751
Available from: 2006-02-21 Created: 2006-02-21 Last updated: 2013-05-21Bibliographically approved

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