MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE DIET AND FACTORS RELATED AMONG CHILDREN AGED 6-23 MONTHS IN BEKASI MUNICIPALITY WEST JAVA PROVINCE INDONESIADEWANTI A.J., MUSLIMATUN S., ISWARAWANTI N.D. AND KHUSUN H.
The objective of this sectional study with an eligible sample around 241 children aged 6-23 months was to assess the magnitude of minimum acceptable diet according to the WHO recommendation on IYCF (Infant and Young Child Feeding). Purposive sampling was done in Aren Jaya and Jati Bening Primary Health Care which are part of Bekasi Municipality, West Java Province, Indonesia. Meanwhile, simple random sampling was conducted to obtain the eligible sample of children. Seven food groups were identified to assess the meals consumption among children. The food consumption of children varied where the majority of meals was based on staple foods (Rice, potato, wheat products including biscuit, crackers, wafer, cake, bread and noodles. Moreover, chicken, fish, dairy product (infant formula milk), vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables (broccoli, spinach, carrot, water spinach, red spinach, mustard, papaya, tomato) and other fruits and vegetables (banana, orange, melon and duku fruit) were also consumed among children, The result regarding IYCF indicator for complementary feeding showed that over than a half of the respective population met the minimum dietary diversity (66.6%) and met the minimum meals frequency (98.4%). However, only 47.7% of children met the minimum acceptable diet. There was a tendency that the older age groups of children (aged 18-23 months) met the meals recommendation compared to the younger children. Furthermore, from several factors related assumed to the infant feeding, only breastfeeding status and mothers education that were positively associated (p < 0.05) to the minimum acceptable diet of children.
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