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International Journal of Applied Research

Vol. 2, Issue 5, Part M (2016)

A cross-sectional study to assess prevalence of malnutrition in school children 6-12 years of age of Bikaner, Rajasthan

Author(s)
Suman Inkhiya, Dr. Mohan Singh Bika, Dr. Kirti Shekhawat, Dr. Rakesh Mani
Abstract
Background: Malnutrition is one of the most important global health problems, affecting large numbers of children in developing countries. Undernutrition alone is responsible for more than one-third of child deaths globally and accounts for 11 percent of the global burden of disease. The prevalence of underweight children is 47% in India is among the highest in the world. The objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of malnutrition among school going children.
Method: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 300 school children in the age group 6 to 12 years from public and private schools in Bikaner district of Rajasthan from May’2015- October’2015 with the objective to assess prevalence of malnutrition. The sampling method used was Stratified Random Sampling. The study tool used was a pre-tested questionnaire. Data analysis was performed with help of SPSS17.0.
Results: The prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity (based on BMI for age) was found to be 30.0% and 18.33 and 1.33% respectively. Hence overall prevalence of malnutrition was found to be 49.66%.
Conclusion: Around half of study population is affected from malnutrition, which requires urgent and prompt interventions simultaneously at various levels- family, community and national level.
Pages: 867-870  |  695 Views  27 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Suman Inkhiya, Dr. Mohan Singh Bika, Dr. Kirti Shekhawat, Dr. Rakesh Mani. A cross-sectional study to assess prevalence of malnutrition in school children 6-12 years of age of Bikaner, Rajasthan. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(5): 867-870.
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