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Table 1 General characteristics and dietary intake of exceptional children (n = 470)

From: Food groups intake in relation to stunting among exceptional children

Variables Mentally retarded Deaf Blind P**
N 226 182 62  
Age (y)a 10.57 ± 2.08 9.44 ± 1.85 9.75 ± 1.93 0.001
Sex (boy) (%) 49.6 58.8 62.9 0.022
Weight (kg) 34.30 ± 12.83 30.74 ± 11.16 33.18 ± 12.92 0.018
Height (cm) 129.83 ± 14.63 131.49 ± 13.14 137.40 ± 11.94 0.001
Height for age (Z-score) -1.81 ± 1.5 -0.57 ± 1.5 0.08 ± 1.21 < 0.001
BMI for age (Z-score) 0.74 ± 1.72 -0.01 ± 1.76 -0.37 ± 2.22 < 0.001
Stunting (%) 71.7 36.3 17.7 0.001
Dietary intake     
Fruit (> 3 times/wk) (%) 71.7 41.2 53.2 0.449
Vegetables (> 3 times/wk) (%) 15.5 4.9 1.6 0.001
Meat (> 3 times/wk) (%) 26.5 9.3 9.7 0.001
Red meat (> 3 times/wk) (%) 30.5 12.6 17.7 0.041
White meat (> 3 times/wk) (%) 10.2 6 1.6 0.017
Egg (> 3 times/wk) (%) 21.2 14.3 9.7 0.292
Dairy (> 2 times/d) (%) 34.5 23.1 21 0.418
  1. aData are Mean ± SD or percent
  2. **Obtained using chi- square or ANOVA, where appropriate