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Table 2 Feeding pattern, hygiene and sanitation related characteristics of school children in Robe District, southeast Ethiopia, 2015 (n =393)

From: Iodine deficiency and associated factors among school children: a cross-sectional study in Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Having regular meals
 Yes 331 84.2
 No 62 15.8
Skipping regular meals
 Yes 131 33.3
 No 264 66.7
The reasons for skipping regular meals (n = 129)
 Shortage of food 61 47.3
 Lack of appetite 30 23.3
 Sickness 38 29.4
The first served child within a household
 Female 85 21.6
 Male 20 5.1
 Together 288 73.3
Type of food commonly consumed
 Left over 96 24.4
 Fresh 297 75.6
Water treatment habit
 Yes 23 5.9
 No 369 93.8
 Don’t Know 1 0.3
Method of water treatment (n = 23)
 Boiling 14 60.9
 Solar disinfection 7 30.4
 Others a 2 8.7
Availability of home grading
 Yes 113 28.8
 No 280 71.2
Types of food staffs cultivated in the home garden (n = 113)
 Fruits 50 44.3
 Vegetables 19 16.8
 Fruits and vegetables 44 38.9
Purpose of home gardening (n = 113)
 For household consumption 72 63.7
 For market 4 3.5
 For market and household consumption 37 32.8
Availability of latrine
 Yes 392 99.7
 No 1 0.3
Type of latrine
 Flush toilet 8 2.0
 Pit latrine 192 48.9
 Pit latrine without slab 193 49.1
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