Influence of Malnutrition on Biochemical Parameters of Primary School-Age Children in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of IMO State, NigeriaAnozie AO1*, Agha NC1, Nwachukwu NN1 and Ogbuji CA2
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- Anozie AO
Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Received date: May 31, 2013; Accepted date: June 25, 2013; Published date: June 27, 2013
Citation: Anozie AO, Agha NC, Nwachukwu NN, Ogbuji CA (2013) Influence of Malnutrition on Biochemical Parameters of Primary School-Age Children in Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area of IMO State, Nigeria. J Nutr Food Sci 3:215. doi:10.4172/2155-9600.1000215
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The nutritional status of primary school pupils in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State was evaluated. Their vitamin A, total iron, total iron binding capacity, haemoglobin, serum albumin, and ferritin levels were determined using spectrophotometric method, anthropometric indices was also studied. The study subjects were selected by random sampling from four different Schools. A total of two hundred (200) pupils, from primary one to primary three. The characteristics of the pupils were tested using the student’s t-test. Correlation between variables was determined by way of Pearson’s correlation coefficient (r) and the level of significance was set at p<0.05. Results obtained showed that there was significant difference between age and the nutritional status of primary school pupils of Ohaji/Egbema L.G.A; A significant difference between gender and the nutritional status of same pupils. Inadequate nutritional status of these pupils was found to be attributable to limited or low consumption of high quality food and socio-economic/sociodemographic status of their parents.