Revista Española de Salud Pública
versión impresa ISSN 1135-5727
ALVAREZ URIBE, Martha Cecilia y MONTOYA PUERTA, Elizabeth Cristina. Average Body Weight and Height Gain Rate in Children from 2 to 10 Years Old, from Families of a Rural Area of the Marinilla Municipality, Antioquia, Colombia. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2004, vol.78, n.2, pp.257-266. ISSN 1135-5727.
Background: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the average growth rate (AGR) in 2 to 10 years old children (n = 259) belonging to rural families from the municipality of Marinilla (Colombia). The results will be taking into account in order to define public health polices aimed to improve the life quality conditions in rural communities. Methods: In a descriptive longitudinal prospective study a representative sample from rural horticulture families having children aged 2 to 10 years old were selected. The confidence interval, alpha error, and over sample were 95.5 and 20%, respectively. The AGR for weight and high were evaluated according to the method by Baumgarthner, and the results were compared with the Fels Longitudinal Study reference values. Results: For AGR for weight 26.8 and 28.9% of boys and girls classified in the lower 25 percentile, respectively; 60.9 and 62.8% within the 25 and 75 percentiles, and 12.3 and 8.2% in the upper percentile of boys and girls, respectively. On the other hand, for AGR for high 44.9 and 33.1% of boys and girls classified in the lower 25 percentile, 44.9 and 52.9% within the 25 and 75 percentiles, and 10.2 and 14.1% in the upper percentile of boys and girls, respectively. Conclusions: These results showed that the AGR of children in this study could not overcome their delayed weight and high measures.
Palabras clave : Child; Average Growth Rate; Nutritional Status.