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Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education

Year: 2016|   Volume No: 7|   ISSN: 0794 – 7860|   Page No: 


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Title:  Food Consumption Pattern, Anthropometric Measurement and Nutritional Status of Low- Income Households of Selected Federal Tertiary Institutions in Kaduna State, Nigeria
I.I. Odunze , E. Ike,2 E. E. Adamu, and A. Zachari

SAMARA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, DIVISION OF AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES, AHMADU BELIO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA DEPARTMENT OF VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, FACULTY OF EDUCATION AHMADU BELIO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

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The paper examined low-incomehouseholds from selected Federal tertiary institutions in Kaduna state food consumption pattern, anthropometric and nutritional status. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. A sample of 232 was used for the study. Structured questionnaire and interview were used for data collection, which were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Findings revealed that Lowincome households in Federal tertiary institutions consumed more cereals, cereal products with highest mean scores of (3.33) and legumes (2.76). They consumed little of animal protein with a mean score of (1.99) and their nutritional status was adequate using anthropometric measurement of children: height-for- age 300 (59.0%) and weight-for age 175 (34.0%); Mid-Upper Arm-Circumference (MUAC) 286(56%) indicators level of healthy; skin fold 243 (47.6%) revealed these children were in the range of excellent, while Adult Body Mass Index (BMI) who were normal had the highest percent score (56.5%).

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