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Table 1 Cross tabulation of socio demographic characteristics of study participants with underweight status among 6–59 months old children in Berahle woreda, 2016 (n = 368)

From: Determinants of underweight among 6–59 months old children in Berahle, Afar, North East Ethiopia: a case control study 2016

VariableCategoryUnderweight status of the children
YesNoTotal
Age of the children6–11 months20 (16.13)80 (32.79)100 (27.2)
12–23 months34 (27.42)64 (26.23)98 (26.6)
24–35 months20 (16.13)46 (18.85)66 (17.9)
36–47 months18 (14.52)38 (15.57)56 (15.2)
48–59 months32 (25.80)16 (6.56)48 (13)
ResidenceRural79 (63.7)156 (63.9)235 (63.9)
Urban45 (36.3)88 (36.1)133 (36.1)
Marital statusMarried100 (80.6)200 (82)280 (76.1)
Formerly married20 (16.2)34 (13.9)54 (20.1)
Single4 (3.2)10 (4.1)14 (3.8)
ReligionMuslim120 (96.8)210 (86.1)330 (89.7)
Orthodox4 (3.2)34 (13.9)38 (10.3)
Husbands occupationFarmer52 (41.9)65 (26.6)117 (31.8)
Daily laborer4 (3.2)12 (4.9)16 (4.3)
Employed28 (22.6)87 (35.7)115 (31.2)
Merchant32 (25.8)70 (28.7)102 (27.7)
Other8 (6.5)10 (41.1)18 (4.9)
Educational status of motherIlliterate85 (68.5)134 (54.9)219 (59.5)
Literate39 (31.5)110 (45.1)149 (40.5)
Educational status of fatherIlliterate44 (35.5)90 (36.90134 (36.4)
Literate80 (64.5)154 (63.1)234 (63.6)
Income< 75024 (19.4)37 (15.2)61 (16.5)
750–150068 (54.8)121 (49.6)189 (51.3)
> 150032 (25.8)86 (35.2)118 (32.2)
Livestock ownershipYes72 (58.1)134 (54.9)206 (56)
No52 (41.9)110 (45.1)162 (44)
Decision makerHusband33 (26.6)66 (27)99 (26.9)
Wife14 (11.3)36 (14.8)50 (13.6)
Jointly77 (62.1)142 (58.2)219 (59.5)
Family size≤ 430 (24.2)72 (29.5)102 (27.7)
> 494 (75.8)172 (70.5)266 (72.3)
Number of < 5 children in the houseOne66 (53.2)120 (49.2)186 (50.5)
Greater one58 (46.8)124 (50.8)182 (49.5)
SexMale68 (54.8)132 (54.1)200 (54.3)
Female56 (45.2)112 (45.9)168 (45.7)
Birth weight (N = 28)≥ 2500 g4 (50)18 (90)22 (78.6)
< 2500 g4 (50)2 (10)8 (23.4)
Size of the child during birth (n = 340)Normal36 (30.5)160 (72.1)196 (57.6)
Small80 (67.8)42 (18.9)122 (35.9)
Big2 (1.7)20 (9)22 (6.5)
Birth order118 (14.5)34 (13.5)52 (14.1)
2–434 (27.4)118 (48.4)152 (41.3)
> 472 (58.1)92 (37.7)164 (44.6)
DiarrheaNo78 (62.9)214 (87.7)292 (79.3)
Yes46 (37.1)30 (12.3)76 (20.7)
CoughNo111 (89.5)218 (89.3)329 (89.4)
Yes13 (10.5)26 (10.7)39 (10.6)
FeverNo98 (79)202 (82.8)300 (81.5)
Yes26 (21)42 (17.2)68 (18.5)
Ever breast fedYes124 (100)244 (100)368 (100)
No0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)
EBFNo64 (51.6)86 (35.2)150 (40.8)
Yes60 (48.4)158 (64.8)218 (59.2)
Duration of EBF (n = 198)≥ 6 months14 (35)79 (48.1)90 (45.5)
< 6 months26 (65)82 (51.9)108 (54.5)
Beginning of CF≥ 6 months61 (49.2)128 (52.5)189 (51.4)
< 6 months63 (51.8)116 (47.5)179 (48.6)
Cessation of BF (n = 224)> 24 months54 (61.4)98 (72.1)152 (67.9)
< 24 months26 (29.5)36 (26.5)62 (27.7)
24 months8 (9.1)2 (1.5)10 (4.5)