Nutritional status of Libyan children in 2000 compared with 1979.

Original article


Hameida J, Billot L.

Ecole de sante publique, Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France.

East Mediterr Health J. 2002 Mar-May;8(2-3):261-71.


This cross-sectional study examined the growth and nutritional status of Libyan preschool children and the socioeconomic status of their parents in 2000 and compared the results with those of a similar study conducted in 1979. The investigation involved 1614 healthy children of both sexes under 5 years of age in two regions of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Simple random sampling and cluster sampling techniques were used to enlist participants. Body weight, height, and head and arm circumference of the children were recorded and mothers were interviewed about their child’s health and the socioeconomic status of the family. Significant improvements in nutritional status since 1979 were found that could be attributable to factors such as socioeconomic development, longer breastfeeding, greater availability of high energy foods, supplementation with semi-solid or solid foods and heavy government subsidy of basic foods.

Keywords: Nutrition Assessment,Nutritional Status,children