Biochemical Indicators of Nutritional Status and Dietary Intake in Costa Rican Cabécar Indian Adolescents

  title={Biochemical Indicators of Nutritional Status and Dietary Intake in Costa Rican Cab{\'e}car Indian Adolescents},
  author={Rafael Monge-Rojas and Mauro Barrantes and Ileana Holst and Hilda Patricia N{\'u}{\~n}ez-Rivas and Thelma Alfaro and S. Rodr{\'i}guez and Lowella Cunningham and Priscilla Cambronero and Lisbeth Salazar and Florian Herrmann and Nevin S. Scrimshaw},
  journal={Food and Nutrition Bulletin},
  pages={16 - 3}
The purpose of this study was to determine the blood levels of selected nutritional status indicators and the dietary intake of Costa Rican Cabécar Indians aged 10 to 16 years. The results showed that 65% of the adolescents had an adequate body mass index (BMI) for their age, and 32% had a BMI < 5th percentile. Likewise, the study revealed a high prevalence of anemia (57%), deficient serum folate levels (54%), deficient vitamin B12 levels (31%), and subclinical vitamin A deficiency (10… 

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