Dietary intake and nutritional status of adolescent girls and young women in Durban, South Africa.

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Abstract

The objective of the study was to determine the dietary intake and nutritional status of adolescent girls (n=156) and young women students (n=367) in Durban, KwaZulu Natal (KZN), South Africa. No national prevalence rates for stunting, wasting and underweight could be found for adolescent girls in South Africa and the significance of this study is that it is one of the first studies to report the nutritional status of adolescent girls as a group in KZN. This study was undertaken in three randomly selected informal settlements in the urban eThekwini municipal district. One hundred and fifty six girls, aged 14 to 18, agreed to participate in the study after parental consent was given. Three hundred and sixty seven women aged 19 to 28 from three different urban post-school training institutions gave signed consent to participate in the study. All the girls and women were weighed and measured in order to determine the nutritional status of the two groups. The dietary intake was determine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)No page numbers - online
JournalJournal of family ecology and consumer sciences, African Journals Online
StatePublished - Feb 2015

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