Article : Nutritional Status Assessment Of Primary School Children In Udupi District Karnataka: A Cross Sectional Study

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Nutritional Status Assessment Of Primary School Children In Udupi District Karnataka: A Cross Sectional Study

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Dr.Sriram Chandramohan, Dr.Javed Khan, Dr.Jain Raj. R

Abstract:
Children are the future of the country. In India, children under 15 years of age constitute about 40 percent of the population. School children constitute a large pool of children of this age group. Nutritional status is a major component of school health services. Malnutrition remains the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality, nearly one third of the children in the developing world are either underweight or stunted and more than 30% of the developing world’s population suffers from micronutrient deficiencies. Aim: To Assess the Nutritional status of Primary School Children in a Selected school in Upudi District. Materials and Methods: A Cross sectional study was conducted in a selected primary schools and the nutritional status of fifth standard students were assessed. Results: Out of 76 children assessed, 39 children (51%) were underweight and only one male student was overweight (1%).  Conclusion: The nutritional status of the students in our study is not that satisfactory and there are more cases of under nourishment that need immediate attention. At the same time, there is a need to deal with overweight in school children in order to prevent the noncommunicable diseases.

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