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Prevalence of thinness using new international cut-off points among Santal tribal children and adolescents of Purulia District, West Bengal, India

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Subal Das ,

Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, LK
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Kaushik Bose

Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal
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Abstract

Objectives: A community based cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of undernutrition using body mass index (BMI) among 7-18 year old Santal children and adolescents of Purulia District, West Bengal, India.

 Methods: A total of 421 (217 boys) children from ten villages was measured. Age and sex specific new international BMI (kg/m2) based cut off values were used to evaluate nutritional status.

 Results: Although girls had greater mean weight and BMI than boys, these sex differences were not statistically significant.  Moreover, boys and girls had almost similar mean heights. Although more girls (44.6%) than boys (38.3%) were undernourished, this sex difference was also not significant. The overall prevalence of thinness (41.3%) was very high among the studied Santal children and adolescents.

 Conclusion: The children and adolescents of both sexes were observed to be under serious and critical nutritional stress.

 (Key words:  Thinness; BMI; boys; girls; Santal; undernutrition)

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2011; 40(3): 105-110

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v40i3.3507  (This DOI was corrected on 4/11/2011 so please use this version to refer to this article)

How to Cite: Das, S. and Bose, K., 2011. Prevalence of thinness using new international cut-off points among Santal tribal children and adolescents of Purulia District, West Bengal, India. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 40(3), pp.105–110. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v40i3.3507
Published on 08 Sep 2011.
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