The nutritional status of
under five children is a sensitive indicator of a country`s health status
as well as economic condition. This study investigated differential
impact of some demographic, socio-economic, environmental and health
related factors on nutritional status among under five children in Bangladesh.
The study used Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 1999-2000 (BDHS
1999-2000) data. Bivariate analysis and multivariate analysis (Cox`s
linear logistic regression model) were used to identify the determinants
of under-five malnutrition. The analyses revealed that 45 percent of
the children under age five were suffering from chronic malnutrition,
10.5 percent were acutely malnourished and 48 percent had under-weight
problem. The main contributing factors for under five malnutrition were
found to be previous birth interval, size at birth, mother`s body mass
index at birth and parent`s education.