Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
RONCADA, Maria José; WILSON, Donald; OKANI, Eliza Tieko and AMINO, Seiko. Prevalence of hypovitaminosis A in preschool children in a town of the Metropolitan Area of S. Paulo, Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1984, vol.18, n.3, pp. 218-224. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101984000300003.
Three-hundred and sixty-two preschool children between the ages of three and six years were examined for plasma levels of vitamin A and carotene. All were residents of the urban area of the city of Cotia, thirty-four km from S. Paulo, Brazil. A representative sample was taken for the purpose. The Carr-Price laboratory method was used as were the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense (ICNND) criteria for classifying results. Prevalence of vitamin A deficiency at biochemical level was 30.2%.
Keywords : Vitamin A [deficiency]; Carotene; Nutritional surveys.