The Berbers of the High Atlas (Amazigh) live in very severe socio-economic and climatic conditions, which expose children to the risk of malnutrition. In this study we used anthropometry and bioelectrical impedance analysis for the assessment of nutritional status. Height, weight and bioelectrical parameters were taken on 71 children (28 boys and 43 girls). Height and BMI were standardized using the 2007 WHO reference. The results show that 36.6% of the children were classified as stunted and 8.5% as wasted. Based on the Bioelectrical Impedance Vector Analysis, children from the High Atlas had an adequate body cell mass, but a high risk of dehydration (42.3%).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developing countries