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Dietary macro- and micro-nutrient intake among a cohort of pre-school children from Southern Sri Lanka.
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PMID:  20645544     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To establish a database on dietary intake among children aged 3-5 years in southern Sri Lanka. METHODS: A retrospective, quantitative method (24-hour dietary recall on 3 consecutive days) in combination with a food composition database was used to assess the nutrient intake among 248 children in Galle. Anthropometry measurements were done to assess their nutritional status. RESULTS: There were no significant correlations between the constituents of the diet with the anthropometric parameters. The overall mean (SD) energy intake of male children 6.23 (1.3) MJ/day was significantly higher (p = 0.05) than female counterparts [5.75 (1.3) MJ/day]. 44.0% (n=45) of males and 55.0% (n=57) of females had an energy intake below the recommended level. None of the females of 3 years of age met the daily energy requirement. CONCLUSIONS: The intake of energy, protein, calcium, beta-carotene, vitamin D and iron was satisfactory in preschool children. Consumption of nutrients except iron and energy was better in males than in females. The dietary macro- and micro- nutrient intake by both sexes exponentially increased with age.
M Hettiarachchi; C Liyanage
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Ceylon medical journal     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0009-0875     ISO Abbreviation:  Ceylon Med J     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-21     Completed Date:  2010-08-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1264702     Medline TA:  Ceylon Med J     Country:  Sri Lanka    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nuclear Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
Body Mass Index
Body Weight
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Folic Acid / administration & dosage
Micronutrients / administration & dosage*
Nutrition Assessment
Nutritional Status*
Sri Lanka
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Micronutrients; 59-30-3/Folic Acid

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