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Table 2 Mean anthropometric z-scores and prevalence of stunting, wasting and underweight, by mothers’ age group

From: Young maternal age is a risk factor for child undernutrition in Tamale Metropolis, Ghana

Characteristic All mothers (n = 300) Teenage mothers (n = 150) Adult mothers (n = 150)
Anthropometrics
 Weight (kg) 9.84 ± 2.59 8.44 ± 1.71 11.24 ± 2.56
 Height (cm) 77.39 ± 11.84 71.39 ± 8.81 83.39 ± 11.46
Anthropometric z-scores
 Height-for-age (Mean ± SD) − 1.62 ± 2.05 − 2.18 ± 2.28 − 1.07 ± 1.61
 Weight-for-height (Mean ± SD) − 0.08 ± 1.54 − 0.07 ± 1.24 − 0.08 ± 1.40
 Weight-for-age (Mean ± SD) − 1.34 ± 1.15 − 0.63 ± 0.82 − 0.99 ± 1.06
Nutritional status
 Stunting
  No (%) 185 (61.0) 61 (40.7) 125 (83.3)
  Yes (%) 115 (39.0) 89 (59.3) 25 (16.7)
 Wasting
  No (%) 276 (92.0) 132 (88.0) 144 (96.0)
  Yes (%) 24 (8.0) 18 (12.0) 6 (4.0)
 Underweight
  No (%) 251 (83.7) 106 (70.7) 145 (96.7)
  Yes (%) 49 (16.3) 44 (29.3) 5 (3.3)