Journal article

The associations of economic growth and anaemia for school-aged children in China

Dongmei Luo, Rongbin Xu, Jun Ma, Xiaojin Yan, Peijin Hu, Yi Song, Catherine Jan, Hein Raat, George C Patton

Maternal and Child Nutrition | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Economic growth has brought improvements in many areas of child health, but its effects on anaemia among school-aged children remain unknown. However, this is important because iron deficiency anaemia is common and is the main cause of disability-adjusted life years for school-aged children. In this study, we included 429,222 Chinese children aged 7-17 years from five consecutive national cross-sectional surveys during 1995-2014. Using altitude-adjusted haemoglobin concentration measured from capillary blood samples, we defined anaemia status according to World Health Organization's recommendation. We used logistic regressions weighted by provincial population to examine the association betw..

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