IJSRP, Volume 9, Issue 4, April 2019 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
ABEBE YABEKER BEZA
Poor nutritional status of women has been a serious problem in Ethiopia for many years. This study aims at identifying and investigating determinants of women nutritional status in Ethiopia. The analysis is based on Body Mass Index (BMI) of 11,955 women aged between 15 and 49 years that are obtained from the 2016 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey. A multilevel logistic regression analysis is employed to estimate the parameters and captures the hierarchical nature of the dataset. The result indicates that women’s nutritional status differs across regions, and that nutritional status of women varies from 20 percent to 45 percent. Demographic, socio-economic and infrastructure variables significantly determine nutritional status of women. Strengthening primary health care, educating women and creating employment opportunities are found to be crucial way forwards.