Academic journal article Ahfad Journal

Nutrition Vulnerability and Health Risk Factors of the Older Persons Living in Southern Darfur-Case Study: Tulus Province

Academic journal article Ahfad Journal

Nutrition Vulnerability and Health Risk Factors of the Older Persons Living in Southern Darfur-Case Study: Tulus Province

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Nutrition Vulnerability and Health Risk Factors of the Older Persons living in Southern Darfur--Case study: Tulus Province Mariam Mohammed Ahmed Saad and Ahmed AbdelMageed (School of Rural Extension, Education and Development, Ahfad University for Women)

In the present investigation a population of 200 of older females and males from the Fulani tribe in Tulus, South Darfur. were investigated for their nutrition status, health status and risk factors and the impact of food security. The majority of the respondents were found affluent with high monthly income and ownership of cattle and cultivated land, hence their food is well secured. Although the majority of the respondents were 65 years and up to 85 years of age, a negligible percentage suffered from functional disabilities. Accordingly, the health risk factors are minimized among the studied Fulani population. At the age above 85 and above years, none of the respondents was with poor mobility, a phenomenon that should deserve further investigation. Results of Body Mass Index have shown that their vast majority is normal and very few had risks for obesity or being obese. …

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