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Double Burden of Malnutrition (DBM) and Anaemia under the Same Roof: A Bangladesh Perspective
Authors: Sumaiya Mamun, and Christopher Guy Nicholas Mascie-Taylor
Source: Medical Sciences, 7(2): 20; DOI:10.3390/medsci7020020
Topic(s): Anemia
Child health
Women's health
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2019
Abstract: The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) and anaemia is a growing concern in developing countries. Using the cross-sectional Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey, 2011, 5763 mother–child pairs were examined. In households where the mother was overweight, 24.5% of children were stunted, 19.8% underweight, 9.3% wasted, and 51.7% anaemic. Significant regional differences were found in DBM and anaemia as well as drinking water source, while DBM alone was more common in more well-off households (based on wealth index) and where the father was employed in skilled or service occupations. More policy and awareness programmes are needed to address the coexistence of child undernutrition and maternal overweight/obesity and anaemia in the same household. View Full-Text Keywords: double burden of malnutrition; anaemia; undernutrition; overweight; obesity