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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

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AKCA, Selen Ozakar  and  BOSTANCI, Mehmet Ömer. The impact of anemia and body mass index (BMI) on neuromotor development of preschool children. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2017, vol.63, n.9, pp.779-786. ISSN 1806-9282.


According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), anemia is a prevalent health problem that leads to increased morbidity and mortality, especially in preschool children. Anemia is recognized as a major health problem due to its negative effects on the mental and physical development during childhood. The aim of our study was to determine the levels of anemia of children in a kindergarten affiliated to the Directorate of National Education using a non-invasive method, and to investigate the effects of anemia on the physical, mental and neuromotor development of children.


The levels of anemia was evaluated by using a non-invasive measurement device. Data collection was performed by means of a questionnaire to evaluate the children’s physical development and set Denver Developmental Screening Test II scores.


Our findings show that 21% of non-anemic and 15% of anemic children are in the suspected abnormal group according to their DDST II total score. Furthermore, it has been identified that mild anemia has a positive effect on neuromotor development, while overweight and obesity affect neuromotor development in a negative way.


According to the results obtained from the study, mild anemia may have a positive effect on the children’s neuromotor development, while malnutrition could have a negative impact.

Keywords : anemia; Denver Developmental Screening Test II (DDST II); neuromotor development; obesity; child; preschool.

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