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Nutritional Status of Elementary School Children in Manado City
Nelly Mayulu

Last modified: 2018-09-21


Nutritional Status of Elementary School Children in Manado City


Nelly Mayulu1*, Shirley ES Kawengian1

1 Nutrition Science Department, Sam Ratulangi University, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia


* Corresponding Author: Nelly Mayulu, E-mail: nmayulu@yahoo.com, Phone: +6285240657200




Undernutrition becomes a national developmental problem with various concomitant constraints. North Sulawesi is an increasing trend in stunting cases. The purpose of this study was to determine the nutritional status of elementary school children in Manado City.

Materials and methods

A school based cross sectional study was carried out in Manado City in 120 elementary schools, was selected using multi stage with district cluster sampling. Children in 3rd grade to 5th grade were enrolled. Anthropometric measurements using standardised anthropometric tools and were done by trained enumerators. Anthropometric data such as BMI, waist circumference, height for age and weight for age Z scores was calculated by using Anthroplus from WHO.



Body height, weight and waist circumference measurements were done for 935 of children. Based on this study, bodyheight reference value counted prevalence for stunting (5.7%), bodyweight reference value counted prevalence for underweight (6.3%) overweight (11.5%), obesity (7.3%) respectively.


This study confirms that undernutrition and overnutrition is still shades public health nutrition problems in Manado City.


Keywords : Nutritional Status, Elementary School Children, Bodyweight for age, Body height for age, waist circumference