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Assessment of Nutritional Status of Adolescent Girls in Rural Area of Varanasi District

Publisher: Anvikshiki The Indian Journal of Research

Adolescence is an intense anabolic period when requirements for all nutrients increases. Unsound food habits and lack of nutritional awareness are considered to be the main factors in determining nutritional status in rural areas. Adolescents are more vulnerable to malnutrition. (WHO, 1994).The aim of this study is to assess the nutritional status of adolescent girls using weight and height measurement. This is a cross-sectional study design using multistage random sampling method. 650 adolescent girls aged 15-19 years were selected as the study subjects. Pertinent information was obtained on a predesigned and pretested Interview schedule. The data thus obtained was analysed using SPSSv16.0. Analysis shows that 26.6% of adolescent girls were undernourished (BMI < 18.5) & 16.3% adolescent girls were at high risk of developing obesity in near future due to increased (BMI > 25.9). Caste, religion and marital status were significantly (p < 0.05) associated with nutritional status of adolescents. Therefore the study recommends the strong need of nutritional education for adolescents in the rural area. Focus will be given to adolescents who are married & belong to weaker section of society.

Author(s): Dr Alok Kumar, Dr. Sangeeta Kansal, Sweta Singh | Views(204)

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