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Assessment of Nutritional Status of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Ile Ife, Nigeria

OKE, O. J.*, Adejuyigbe, E. A., Mosaku, S. K. & Oseni, S. B. A.

Department of Paediatric Neurology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Dr. OKE, O. J., Department of Paediatric Neurology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Keywords: Nutritional status; ADHD; Children, BMI; Nigeria

Abstract

Background
One of the leading neuro- behavioural disorders of childhood is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There have been controversies on the nutritional status of children with ADHD. There are paucity of researches globally on nutritional status of children with ADHD and no documented study on this in Nigeria. Hence, the need for this study.
Objectives
The study aimed to determine the nutritional status of the primary school children aged 5-11 years with ADHD in Ile Ife.
Material and Methods
A prospective cross sectional study conducted on 1200 pupils aged 5-11 years who were selected with multistage random sampling. The Pupils were screened for ADHD with Disruptive behavioural rating scale (DBDRS) according to Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder fifth edition (DSM V) and the nutritional status of the subjects was assessed by measuring anthropometric parameters such as height, weight, weight-for-age, and height-for-age and weight-for-height z-score of the pupils.

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