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Table 2 Iodized salt utilization and dietary intake characteristics of high school and preparatory students in Wolaita and Dawuro zones, Southern Ethiopian, April, 2012

From: Assessing the status of iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) and associated factors in Wolaita and Dawro Zones School Adolescents, southern Ethiopia

Variables Frequency (718) Percent
Type of salt frequently used
 Rock salt (non iodized) 361 50.7
 Iodized (table salt) 173 24.1
 Both 181 25.2
How often you use iodized table salt in your home?
 Not use 337 46.9
 Always 153 21.3
 Sometimes 228 31.8
Source of iodized salt (n = 365)
 Shop/market 314 86
 Donation 51 14
Is iodized salt available at the source? (n = 363)
 Yes 194 53.4
 No 169 46.6
Type of food frequently eaten
 Cereal (n = 703) 345 49.1
 Legume (n = 703) 348 49.5
 Tuber (n = 703) 328 46.7
 Fruit (n = 701) 409 58.3
 Fish (n = 703) 69 9.8
 Others (n = 703) 224 31.9
Did you eat cassava?   
 Yes 584 81.3
 No 134 18.7
When did you consume cassava? (584)
 Only during summer 229 39.3
 Every time during food shortage 144 24.8
 When we want to eat it 176 30.4
 Other 53 9.2
How frequently consume cassava per week?
 Not eat cassava 134 18.7
 Only 1 day 290 40.4
 2 days 108 15.4
 3 days 76 10.6
 4 or more days 110 15.3
In what form did you consume cassava? (n = 584)
 Only boiled 233 39.8
 In injera/porridge/bread/possessed 156 26.8
 Both 195 33.4
Did you consume cabbage?
 Yes 684 95.26
 No 34 4.74
When did you consume cabbage? (684)
 Only during summer 165 24.4
 Every time during food shortage 107 15.9
 When we want to eat it 342 50.5
 Other 85 12.6
How frequently did you consume cabbage?
 Not eat 34 4.74
 Only 1 day 180 26.7
 2 days 202 30
 3 days 93 13.8
 4 or more days 199 29.5
Did you consume Habesha Gommen?
 Yes 670 93.3
 No 48 6.7
When did you consume Habesha Gommen? (670)
 Only during summer 173 25.8
 Every time during food shortage 307 45.8
 When we want to eat it 149 22.2
 Other 60 8.95
How frequently did you consume Habesha Gommen? (n = 668)
 Only 1 day 155 23.2
 2 days 150 22.5
 3 days 125 18.7
 4 and more days 238 35.6