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Table 5 Factors associated with malnutrition among underfive children in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts

From: An investigation on factors associated with malnutrition among underfive children in Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts, Uganda

Variable Stunting Wasting Underweight
OR β p OR β p OR β p
Sex of the child (Malea)
 Female 1.07 0.48 0.89 3.36 2.34 0.08 2.98 2.48 0.19
Age of child (≤ 12a months)
 13–36 months 0.38 0.26 0.16 0.79 0.65 0.78 0.67 0.59 0.65
 37–59 months 0.76 0.46 0.66 0.79 0.65 0.78 4.14 2.74 0.03*
Birth Order (1–2a)
 3–4 0.74 0.42 0.59 3.62 2.98 0.12 3.62 2.99 0.12
 5+ 0.69 0.42 0.55 2.92 2.56 0.22 4.40 5.78 0.26
Birth Interval (≤ 2a years)
 3–4 years 2.33 1.44 0.17 0.71 0.63 0.70 1.14 1.05 0.88
 5–6 years 1.86 2.18 0.59 0.72 0.66 0.72 1.04 0.84 0.96
Age of mother at birth (< 20 Yearsa)
 20–29 Years 0.80 0.50 0.72 1.27 1.11 0.78 0.48 0.47 0.46
 30–39 Years 1.45 0.99 0.58 0.90 0.88 0.92 0.89 0.88 0.91
 40–49 Years 0.27 0.33 0.28 2.17 1.32 0.21 0.19 0.24 0.20
Mother’s education level (No educationa)
 Primary 3.09 2.59 0.18 0.29 0.23 0.12 0.31 0.29 0.22
 Secondary+ 4.00 4.24 0.19 0.78 0.83 0.81 0.40 0.39 0.36
Marital Status of the mother (Never married/Separateda)
 Married/Cohabiting 2.04 0.98 0.14 2.33 1.62 0.22 1.14 0.85 0.86
Mothers’ occupation (Peasanta)
 Pastoralist 0.12 0.13 0.05* 2.53 2.39 0.33 2.11 2.61 0.55
 Business/civil servant 2.71 1.82 0.14 1.58 1.24 0.56 1.15 1.39 0.91
 Handcraft 1.23 1.74 0.92 0.24 0.27 0.21 1.15 1.38 0.90
  1. *Statistically significant at 95 % Confidence Interval
  2. aReference category