Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2013

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Social Work

Additional Affiliations

Brown School of Social Work

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



The primary aim of this dissertation was to document the nutrition transition in Colombia and the change in the prevalence of various anthropometric typologies at the household level between 2000, 2005 and 2010, focusing on maternal and child outcomes. Using Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS/ENDS) from 2000, 2005, and 2010, various anthropometric typologies were created at the household level using information from mothers aged 18 to 49 years and children less than five years. The outcome variable was a composite index of all possible combinations of anthropometric typologies with four final combinations, normal, underweight, overweight and dual burden. Prevalence of overweight showed a significant increase from 2000 to 2010 (p trend


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Chair and Committee

Ross C Brownson

Committee Members

Lora Iannotti, Debra Haire-Joshu, Christine M Hoehner, Katherine Stamatakis, Anne Sebert Kuhlmann


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