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Nutritional Assessment of Private Primary School Children in Western Maharashtra: A Cross-sectional Study

By Praveen Ganganahalli, Mahesh B Tondare and Prakash M Durgawale

Abstract

"Introduction: Malnutrition denotes impairment of health arising either from deficiency or excess or imbalance of nutrients in the body. Anthropometry has become a practical tool for evaluating the nutritional status of populations, particularly of children and nutritional status is the best indicator of the global well-being of children. Method: Cross-sectional study was conducted among private primary school children from class I to V were assessed for nutritional status, personal hygiene measures and their mothers regarding knowledge about nutritious foods. Results: study showed that 19.9% of private school children were undernourished, 8% were grade I short/stunted whereas 10.2% were overweight and 5.7% obese. Majority mother's knowledge about nutritious foods was good. Conclusion: Each and every child is a victim for dual burden of Malnutrition irrespective of socio-economic status, maternal good knowledge about nutritious food and there is need to be attended equally. " [Natl J Community Med 2016; 7(2.000): 97-100

Topics: Anthropometry, Malnutrition, Obesity, School children, Public aspects of medicine, RA1-1270, Medicine, R
Publisher: National Journal of Community Medicine
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:845a716e88df42818ea7f65149ad9f57
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