A new monitoring system for nutritional status assessment in children at home

Zsákai, Annamária and Annár, Dorina Szilvia and Koronczai, Beatrix and Molnár, Kinga and Varró, Petra and M Tóth, Erika (2023) A new monitoring system for nutritional status assessment in children at home. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 13 (1). ISSN 2045-2322


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Regular monitoring of children’s nutritional status is essential to prevent micronutrient defciencies, nutritional status abnormalities as stunting, wasting, overweight and obesity. Nutritional status assessment is usually performed by paediatricians by using anthropometry (body mass index, weight to height indices) and/or by body fat-mass measurement (bioimpedance analysis, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, computer tomography, etc.). Parents are also interested in but usually fail to evaluate their child’s nutritional status. To help the sufcient collaboration between the physician and parents a new nutritional status monitoring method is developed for families. The new monitoring system was developed under a paediatrician’s supervision by considering national and international recommendations, references as well as the anthropometric measurement possibilities at home. The model requires age, sex, body mass, height, waist circumference and hand circumference as predictor (input) variables of nutritional status, while (1) the centile values of the measured body dimensions, (2) body fat percentage and the centile of body fat percentage, (3) the nutritional status category (undernutrition, normal nutritional status, overfat/obese) can be predicted (outcome variables) by the new method. The predictive accuracy of the model for nutritional status category was 94.88% in boys and 98.66% in girls. The new model was developed for nutritional status assessment in school-aged children and will be incorporated in the healthy lifestyle module of ‘Teenage Survival Guide’ educational package to be developed by the Health Promotion and Education Research Team, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary. The new monitoring system could help the families to identify the early signs of malnutrition in children. Nutritional status assessment in children at home is suggested twice a year, and in case of suspicious nutritional status abnormality it is recommended to visit the general practitioner.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine / orvostudomány > RJ Pediatrics / gyermekgyógyászat
R Medicine / orvostudomány > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology / terápia, gyógyszertan > RM215-RM216 Nutrition, Dietetics / Táplálkozás, dietetika
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2023 11:53
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 11:53

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