Magnesium Intake and Stunting were Associated with Obesity among Adolescent Girls

Sitti Patimah, Septiyanti Septiyanti, Sundari Sundari, Andi Imam Arundhana


The double burden of malnutrition remains a problem in Indonesia. Over and undernutrition problems have been observed in all age groups, including adolescent girls, in which growth and development are critical in this period. The study was aimed to assess the association between nutrient intake, stunting, and overweight. This was a cross-sectional study involving 360 female students from four secondary schools in Majene, Indonesia. A logistic regression analysis was used to detect the risk of association. The present study found that the prevalence of stunting was higher than overweight and obesity (31.7%, 14.2%, 2.2%, respectively). Among obese students, 37.5% of them were stunted, and had low magnesium intake (83.1%). The logistic regression result showed that stunting (AOR= 3.22; 95% CI 1.509 to 6.868; p=0.002) and magnesium intake (AOR= 0.28; 95%CI 0.137 to 0.586; p=0.001) were factors associated with obesity among the students (p<0.05). An adequate magnesium intake may be beneficial to prevent the incidence of obesity, while stunting may increase the risk of obesity among adolescent girls.

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