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Table 1 Socio- economic and demographic characteristics of study participants in Aykel Town, Northwest Ethiopia, 2017

From: Undernutrition and associated factors among urban children aged 24–59 months in Northwest Ethiopia: a community based cross sectional study

Variables Frequency (%)
Child age (month)
 24–35 155 (38.7)
 36–47 131 (32.7)
 48–59 115 (28.7)
Sex ratio 1.02:1
Marital status
 Married 371 (92.5)
 Single 3 (0.7)
 Divorced 25 (6.2)
 Widowed 2 (0.5)
Religion
 Orthodox 351 (87.5)
 Muslim 50 (12.5)
Number of children
 ≤ 2 311 (77.6)
 3–5 73 (18.2)
 ≥ 6 17 (4.2)
Birth order of a child
 1st 211 (52.6)
 2nd -4th 158 (39.4)
 ≥ 5th 32 (8.0)
Maternal education
 Unable to read and write 73 (18.2)
 Able to read and write 4 (1.0)
 Primary education 58 (14.5)
 Secondary education 132 (32.9)
 Diploma and above 134 (33.4)
Maternal occupation
 House wife 244 (60.3)
 Civil servant 126 (31.4)
 Merchant 28 (7.0)
 Daily labourer 3 (0.3)
Paternal education
 Unable to read and write 88 (21.9)
 Able to read and write 8 (2.0)
 Primary education 64 (16.0)
 Secondary education 108 (26.9)
 Diploma and above 133 (33.2)
Paternal occupation
 Farmer 102 (25.3)
 Civil servant 157 (39.2)
 Merchant 91 (22.7)
 private employ 21 (5.3)
 Daily labourer 30 (7.5)
Household size/family size
 ≤ 4 272 (67.8)
 > 4 129 (32.2)
Wealth index
 Lowest 161 (40.1)
 Middle 79 (19.7)
 Highest 161 (40.2)
Household food security
 Food secure 276 (68.8)
 Mildly food insecure 106 (26.4)
 Moderately food insecure 19 (4.8)