Year: 2015, Issue: December

Anthropometric study of children at JSS free residential school in Suttur, Mysuru district, Karnataka.
Author:
Netravati Yattinamani and Arun Balamatti
Keyword:
Body mass index, Nutritional status, Waist to hip ratio, NCHS standards, Under-nutrition.
Anthropometric study was conducted at JSS free residential school in Suttur village of Mysuru district, Karnataka. A total of 300 students, 150 boys and girls each, between 6 and 16 years of age, were selected. Each child was subjected to weight, height, mid arm, waist and hip circumference measurements. The nutritional status of the subjects was assessed. These were compared with National Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS) standards. The results showed that the anthropometric measurements of the boys and girls of all age groups were below the NCHS standards. While the quantity of food, hygiene and sanitation facilities in the hostel were adequate, the diet was deficient in energy, protein and vitamin requirements of the children due to inadequate supply of vegetables, fruits and milk. In addition, the poor socio-economic status of the children seems to have carried the effect of poverty and the associated poor nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.

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