Nutritional assessment of children under five based on anthropometric measurements with image processing techniques

Victor A. Ayma, Victor H. Ayma, Armando Torre, Lizette Ganoza

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Nutritional assessment is an important evaluation to prevent and control malnutrition, which is one of the main causes associated with child mortality. Weight and height are the most frequently measured morphological traits which in combination with child's gender and age, generates anthropometric indices to establish child's nutritional status. Nevertheless, accomplishment of this task in rural areas is difficult because of complications to transport bulky and heavy equipment, which must be properly and adequately calibrated. This work proposed a novel approach to perform nutritional assessments of children under five, through a system focused on the estimation of anthropometric indices, based on the measurements obtained from a set of body part images and its relations with child's gender and age. The results showed that sensitivity and specificity for the anthropometric indicators, ranged from 66% to 100% and 88% to 100%, respectively. Moreover, overall accuracies were over 85% up to 100%. Additionally, the experiments conducted shown our method as a viable solution to perform nutritional evaluations via accurate anthropometric index estimations.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaProceedings of the 2016 IEEE ANDESCON, ANDESCON 2016
EditorialInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (versión digital)9781509025312
EstadoPublicada - 27 ene. 2017
Publicado de forma externa
Evento2016 IEEE ANDESCON, ANDESCON 2016 - Arequipa, Perú
Duración: 19 oct. 201621 oct. 2016

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NombreProceedings of the 2016 IEEE ANDESCON, ANDESCON 2016


Conferencia2016 IEEE ANDESCON, ANDESCON 2016


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