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Table 1 Characteristics of the girls at the first round survey (2005) by Food Security status.

From: Food insecurity and age at menarche among adolescent girls in Jimma Zone Southwest Ethiopia: a longitudinal study

Variables Food Secure (n = 675) Food Insecure (n = 225) P
Mean age (± SD), Years* 14.8(1.3) 14.8(1.4) 0.956
Place    
   Urban 36.3% 40.0% 0.218
   Semi urban 28.0% 30.7%  
   Rural 35.7% 29.3%  
Sex of the household head    
   Male 78.7% 91.6% < 0.001
   Female 21.3% 8.4%  
Household income Tertile    
   Low 34.8% 33.3% 0.043
   Middle 30.2% 38.7%  
   High 35.0% 28.0%  
Nutritional status    
   Normal 77.2% 80.8% 0.309
   Stunted 22.8% 19.2%  
Work index, mean(± SD)* 33.7(17.3) 40.1(17.5) < 0.001
Mean highest grade completed(± SD)* 5.3(2.7) 5.2(2.6) 0.014
  1. Source: Jimma Longitudinal Family Survey of Youth; Round 1, 2005-2006.
  2. *An independent Samples T-test was used to compare means.
  3. Chi-square test was used to compare portions.
  4. Percentages are calculated out of column totals.