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Table 2 Socio-demographic and economic characteristic of parents of children participated in the study, Gondar Town, April 2014

From: Anemia severity among children aged 6–59 months in Gondar town, Ethiopia: a community-based cross-sectional study

Characteristics Categories Frequency (n) Percentage (%)
Maternal age(year) < 25 165 23.3
25–30 364 51.5
31–35 102 14.4
> 35 76 10.7
Maternal marital status Married 619 87.6
Unmarrieda 88 12.4
Maternal educational status No formal education 220 31.1
Primary education 210 29.7
Secondary education 218 30.8
Tertiary education 59 8.9
Maternal occupation Housewives 500 70.7
Government or private sector employees 38 5.3
Merchants 58 8.2
Daily laborer 111 15.8
Maternal BMI Underweight 95 13.4
Normal weight 472 66.8
Overweight 140 19.8
Paternal educational status No formal education 163 23
Primary education 237 33.5
Secondary education 220 31.1
Tertiary education 87 12.3
Paternal occupation Government or private sector employees 287 40.6
Merchants 236 33.4
Daily laborer 184 26
Family size <  4 250 35.4
4–5 314 44.4
> 5 143 20.2
Number of under-five children 1 565 79.9
≥2 142 20.1
Family monthly income < $60 162 22.9
$60–124 376 53.2
> $124 169 23.9
  1. aincludes single and widowed, 1USD is equivalent to 20.90 Ethiopian Birr based on the 2015 exchange rate; Unmarrieda: includes Single, divorced and widowed; BMI: Body Mass Index