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Table 2 Sanitation practices and eating behavior of adolescents categorized by nutrition status (i.e. stunted and thin), northern Ethiopia, 2014

From: Prevalence and factors associated with stunting and thinness among adolescent students in Northern Ethiopia: a comparison to World Health Organization standards

Variables Category n (%) Stunted P-value* Thin P-value*
n (%) n (%)
Kind of food always eaten at home “Teff“with “Wot” 196 (56.3) 46 (23.5) 0.051 53 (27.0) 0.888
  Wheat 122 (35.1) 41 (33.6)   31 (25.4)  
  Others 30 (8.6) 12 (40.0)   7 (23.3)  
Number of feedings per day 1-2 times 57 (16.4) 16 (28.1) 0.945 15 (26.3) 0.975
  > = 3 times 191 (83.6) 83 (28.5)   76 (26.1)  
Eat vegetable at least once per day Yes 317 (91.4) 88 (27.8) 0.302 84 (26.5) 0.706
  No 30 (8.7) 11 (36.7)   7 (23.3)  
Eat fruits at least once per day Yes 309 (89.1) 85 (27.5) 0.229 81 (26.2) 0.989
  No 38 (11.0) 14 (36.8)   10 (26.3)  
Eat meat at least once per week Yes 262 (75.5) 70 (26.7) 0.189 63 (24.0) 0.105
  No 85 (24.5) 29 (34.1)   28 (33.0)  
Source of water Pipe water 309 (88.8) 84 (27.2) 0.141 81 (26.2) 0.939
  Other (well, river….) 29 (11.2) 15 (38.5)   10 (25.6)  
Presence of functional latrine at home Yes 310 (89.1) 90 (29.0) 0.490 79 (25.5) 0.420
  No 38 (10.9) 9 (23.7)   12 (31.6)  
  1. *P-value was determined using chi-square test