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Mexico National School Health Survey 2008


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Encuesta Nacional de Salud en Escolares (ENSE) 2008
Mexico (MEX)
Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Distrito Federal, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, México, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz-Llave, Yucatán, Zacatecas
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
09/2007 - 06/2008
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative
  • Subnationally representative
  • Urban-rural representative

The objective of this survey of 80,000 primary age (5-12 year-old) and secondary age (12-16 year-old) schoolchildren was to describe the health, education, and living conditions of students in public schools across the country and identify the main risk factors to health that impact educational performance. Questionnaires are similar for both age groups regarding nutrition and eating habits, physical and sedentary activities, encounters with school bullying, vaccinations, oral hygiene, and dental care. For secondary students the questionnaire is expanded to include questions about tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use, sexual activity and birth control, eating disorders, and interpersonal violence. Participants' hemoglobin levels were tested by finger prick, audio and vision tests were conducted, and height and weight were recorded.

Abortion, Abortive outcome, Absenteeism, Acne, Adolescents, Age at first sex, Alcohol use, Allergies, Anemia, Asthma, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, BCG vaccines, Blood tests, Body mass index, Breathing difficulty, COPD, Child anthropometry, Children, Condoms, Contraceptives, Cooking fuels, Corrective lenses, Cough, Crime, DTP vaccines, Dental care, Dental caries, Dermatitis, Diarrheal diseases, Dietary fiber, Dietary protein, Dietary sodium, Dietary sugar, Disability, Domestic violence, Eating disorders, Education, Electricity, Environmental hazards, Eye examinations, FFQ, Fever, Fluoride, Food, Fruits and vegetables, Health behaviors, Health care access, Health care use, Health insurance, Health literacy, Health status, Hearing loss, Hearing tests, Height, Hemoglobin, Hospitals, Household heat, Housing materials, Hygiene, Illicit drug use, Immunization, Influenza, Interpersonal violence, Intestinal infectious diseases, Intimate partner violence, Languages, Literacy, Living conditions, MMR vaccines, Malnutrition, Medicines, Menstruation, Nutritional deficiencies, Obesity, Oral hygiene, Oral rehydration therapy, Orthopedic devices, Otitis media, Overnutrition, Pain, Pentavalent vaccines, Physical activity, Polio vaccines, Poverty, Pregnancy, Public social assistance, Reproductive health, Respiratory infections, STDs, Sanitation, School conditions, School enrollment, Schools, Self-inflicted injuries, Sexual behavior, Skin diseases, Sore throat, Stillbirths, Suicide, Telephones, Tobacco smoking, Unintentional injuries, Upper respiratory infections, Viral skin diseases, Vision loss, Waste disposal, Water supply, Weight