NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS FROM SELECTED RURAL AREA OF A DISTRICT FROM CENTRAL INDIA

VarunGaiki, Vasant Wagh

Abstract


Introduction: Adolescence is an intense anabolic period when requirements for all nutrients increase. The ultimate intention of nutritional assessment is to improve human health. There is a need to develop a database on the diet and nutritional status of the adolescents from different parts of the country to enable the governments and other nongovernmental agencies to formulate policies and initiate strategies for the well-being of adolescent children.
Objective: To assess the nutritional status of adolescent girls (15-19 years) using anthropometric measures.
Methodology: Cross sectional community based study was conducted in the rural part of Wardha district. With the help of household questionnaire, information was collected for socio-demographic information and anthropometric indices.
Results: The average age of study population was 16.72 years with standard deviation of ± 1.47 years. The majority if the study participants were of class IV (37.14%), as per modified B. G. Prasad classification. Prevalence of wasting was found to be 48.05% where as 30.39% individuals were stunted.
Conclusion:Taking into consideration, the prevalence of under nutrition, window period for intervention is quite short. Though beginning has been made for improvement of adolescent girl’s health, still much more needs to be done to address the issue of adolescent mal-nutrition at the national level.

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