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Natl J Community Med. 2016; 7(2): 97-100

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

Praveen Ganganahalli, Mahesh B Tondare, Prakash M Durgawale.


"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 & there is need to be attended equally.

Key words: Anthropometry, Malnutrition, Obesity, School children

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