Comparison of mean weight and height growth of governmental and private students of primary schools of Zahedan district, Iran.

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A Sohrabi 1 , * , Mansour Karajibani 2 , R Vahedi Raheleh 2

1 Department of Enviromental Health, School of Public Health, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and health services, Zahedan, Iran.

2 Nutrition and Food Science Dept, Faculty of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and health services, Zahedan, Iran.

How to Cite: Sohrabi A, Karajibani M, Vahedi Raheleh R. Comparison of mean weight and height growth of governmental and private students of primary schools of Zahedan district, Iran., Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2006 ; 8(2):e94898.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 8 (2); e94898
Published Online: June 24, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: February 18, 2005
Accepted: June 21, 2006
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Abstract

Background: The main objective of this study was determination of presence of any difference
between mean weight and height growth of students of Zahedan district and also their comparison
of with National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) standards.
Methods and materials: This cross-sectional study was performed during 2001- 2002. Using a
cluster sampling method, 1750 students (7 to 11 years old) were selected from student population of
primary schools of different areas of Zahedan. Height and weight were measured with standard
methods and a questionnaire was filled for every student. The students were categorized in five
groups and the comparisons were made using t-test.
Results: In all age groups, students of governmental schools located in deprived suburban
areas were shorter than the students of private schools (P<0.05) and their mean weight were about
6 kilograms lower (P<0.05). Comparison of all the students of Zahedan with NCHS standards
shows that their mean weight and height (in all age groups) is significantly lowers (P<0.001).
Conclusions: These findings implicate that socioeconomic factors may have a significant
impact on growth and development of children. As another issue preparation of a national standard
framework for measurement of children growth and development is necessary for future studies and
have to come into consideration.

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