Perceived factors associated with childhood malnutrition among young parents in Nsukka Local Government Area, South-East Nigeria
Keywords:childhood nutrition, cultural practices, food exemption, young parents
The study examined factors associated with childhood malnutrition among young parents in Nsukka, South-East Nigeria, using a mixed-method approach. A cross-sectional survey was conducted between May to December 2016 in Nsukka and Obimo communities, Nsukka, Nigeria. A sample of 195 respondents was randomly selected to participate in the study. Data was analyzed using SPSS while, frequency and percentages were used to present the data. Findings indicate that knowledge of childhood malnutrition was more common among the female (43.1%) than male (31.3%) respondents. The practice of food exemption for children was observed in the communities; with more female than male respondents (46.7% vs. 31.8%) supporting it. The study noted an increased awareness of the sources of good nutrition for children among the respondents, though the awareness has not solved the problem given the greater percentage that upholds the cultural practices/orientations of the people. A sustained health education on child nutrition targeting young parents is still needed.