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Revista chilena de nutrición

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MARDONES S, Francisco et al. SOCIOECONOMIC AND ETHNIC INFLUENCES ON HEIGHT OF CHILEAN WOMEN.. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2004, vol.31, n.3, pp.296-304. ISSN 0717-7518.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-75182004000300005.

Background: Recent studies of women's' height in Chile have not considered socio-economic influences. Aim: To study possible associations of women's mean height with socio-economic and ethnic variables in samples from Chilean Municipalities. Methods: Poverty, education and ethnic indexes are presented in conjunction with mean height values from samples of pregnant women attending public health clinics in 13 municipalities. Multiple regression analyses were performed to assess possible independent associations of socio-economic and ethnic indexes on height. Results: To belong to a specific ethnic group was the single variable selected in the model (R2 = 0,64). When excluding the stepwise procedure in the analysis, the presence of women's illiteracy annulled the significant association of the ethnic factor with height. Conclusions: these results support the hypothesis that socio-economic factors are the most important influences on women's growth and suggest that the so-called ethnic influences can be suppressed by a better education.

Palabras clave : Body height; pregnant women; socio-economic factors; ethnic groups.

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