Background: Malnutrition has become an urgent global health problem. Millions of people are
killed or disabled every year due to insufficient nutrition. Indirectly influenced by upbringing, food
availability, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental factors. Based on the regency, the highest
percentage is in West Sumba (12.20%). This study aimed to find out the factors related to
malnutrition events in under-five children in Kabukarudi village, East Nusa Tenggara.
Subjects and Method: This was a cross sectional study conducted in Kabukarudi Village, Lamboya
District, West Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. A sample of 99 was selected by purporsive
sampling. The data was analyzed by chi square.
Results: Relationship between knowledge level (p = 0.047), type of foodstuff (p <0.001), and
infectious diseases (p <0.001) it was statistically significant.
Conclusion: Malnutrition events in under-five children is associated with knowledge level about
nutrition, type of food consumed and infectious disease.
Keywords: malnutrition, knowledge, food variant, infection desease
Theresia Puspitawati. Public Health Study Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universitas Respati
Yogyakarta. Jl. Laksda Adisucipto KM.6,3, Ambarukmo, Caturtunggal, Sleman distric, Yogyakarta
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