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CORDEIRO, Mariana de Morais; MONEGO, Estelamaris Tronco  and  MARTINS, Karine Anusca. Overweight in Goiás'quilombola students and food insecurity in their families. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.4, pp.405-412. ISSN 1415-5273.


To characterize the nutritional status of quilombola students and determine the food security status of their households.


This is a cross-sectional study with students aged six to nineteen years from quilombola communities in twelve municipalities of Goiás categorized by age, gender, school location (urban/rural), and nutritional status based on the World Health Organization's height-for-age and body mass index for-age charts. The Brazilian Food Insecurity Scale was used for measuring food (in)security in their families. Descriptive and association analyses were conducted using the Chi-square test at a significance level of 5% (p<0.05).


In a sample of 226 students, overweight (17.2%) was more common than malnutrition (1.3%), especially in students attending urban schools (28.2%) (p<0.05). Most (75.2%) quilombola families experienced food insecurity, especially mild.


The apparent contradiction of excess weight and food insecurity occurring simultaneously indicates the need of revising the study instruments and the causal network that identify poverty.

Keywords : African continental ascestry; Food security; Nutritional status; School feeding.

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