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Table 2 Nutrition and health related characteristics of adolescent girls in Amhara region, Northwest Ethiopia, December, 2013 (N = 1281)

From: Predictors of nutritional status of Ethiopian adolescent girls: a community based cross sectional study

Variable Frequency Percent
Physiological state
 Not pregnant/lactating 1174 91.6
 Pregnant 27 2.1
 Lactating 58 4.5
 Pregnant and lactating 2 .2
 Don’t know 20 1.6
Dietary Diversity Score   
 Poor(0–3 food group) 417 32.6
 Medium(4–5 food group) 585 45.7
 High(6+ food group) 279 21.8
Meal frequency total   
 Less than 3 meal 266 20.8
 3 plus meal 1015 79.2
Meal frequency (non pregnant) (N = 1252)   
 Once 11 0.9
 Twice 247 19.7
 Three and more times 994 79.4
Food security   
 Food insecure 556 44.4
 Food secure 696 55.6
Knowledge on vitamin A rich foods   
 Green vegetable and other vegetable, fruits egg, meat, milk 163 12.7
 I don’t know 1118 87.3
Knowledge on iron rich foods   
 Teff, meat 286 22.3
 I don’t know 995 77.7
Availability of home garden   
 Yes 785 61.3
 No 496 38.7
Disease reported in last one month(N = 1252)   
 Yes 241 19.2
 No 1011 80.8
Access to health and nutrition information from health extension workers   
 No information 478 37.3
 Growth monitoring 97 7.6
 Adolescent girls nutrition 88 6.9
 Maternal nutrition 75 5.9
 Exclusive breast feeding 82 6.4
 Complementary feeding 85 6.6
 Family planning 93 7.3
 Child care 53 4.1
 Nutrition during pregnancy 67 5.2
 Nutrition during lactation 163 12.7