Received: 15 February 2019
Accepted: 22 August 2019
First Online: 4 November 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical clearance was obtained from the Institutional Review Committee of Debre Tabor University with ethics committee approval reference number DTU/RP/13/16. Then written official permission letters were obtained from the respective high school and zonal education administration offices. Informed written consent was obtained from each study participants. Adolescents aged 15–19 years were permitted to give informed consent without parental consent due to the non-invasive nature of the study. But, those ≥15 and < 18 years old adolescents were told to discuss the issue with their parents/ guardians and those who were told not to participate were excluded from the study. In addition to this, the purpose of the study was explained to them before taking the interview and physical measurements. Then, we informed each participant that they had the right to withdraw from the study at any time during the data collection period. The confidentiality was maintained at all levels of the study by avoiding personal identifiers. Finally, we assured that the final result would be published and presented for the scientific community without any identifier. Adolescents with poor nutritional status were got health and nutrition education and counseling on the spot.
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: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.