MALNUTRITION AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN OF VAISHALI DISTRICT IN BIHAR

Dr. Kumari Manisha Gupta

Abstract


Malnutrition continues to be a primary cause of ill health and mortality among children. Poor nutritional status during childhood is the determinant of ill health outcomes. This study was designed to study the nutritional status of school going children. The objective of the study is to assess the nutritional status of 6-13 year school going children. 100 school going student were selected from five different schools of Vaishali District. The study was carried out by using the tools to analyze the nutritional status; self designed pretested questionnaire and water low classification was used to find out the nutritional status of children. Anthropometric data revealed that out of total children screened (n=100) according to nutritional status of height for age (stunted) 38% of student was normal, 25% student was mild, 22 % student was moderate and 15% student was severe. Same as nutritional status of weight for height (wasted) found that 45 % of student was normal, 30 % was mild, 24 % student was moderate and 3% student were severe. The result shows that the nutritional status of school- aged children is considerably not satisfying. Awareness regarding importance of good nutrition and dietary knowledge are important of nutritional status of school children. It is recommended that mother should be given awareness about healthy, locally available, low cost food for good health of their children.

Keywords


School, Children, Malnutrition, Awareness and Food.

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