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Determinants of Nutritional Status of School Children


Determinants of Nutritional Status of School Children

R Mukherjee et al. Med J Armed Forces India.


Background: A cross sectional study was carried out to determine the nutritional status of school children in Army School, Pune.

Methods: Anthropometric survey of 760 school children was carried out and compared against the NCHS/WHO reference standards to determine their nutritional status. Associations of nutritional status with socio-economic status, education status of parents, mothers working status and family size were determined.

Result: The prevalence of stunting was 13.81%, wasting 6.71% and under nutrition 9.87%. Mothers' educational level, wasting, socio economic status and family size were significantly associated with the nutritional status of the child.

Conclusion: Maternal educational status, socio-economic status and family size are important determinants of nutritional status of school children.

Keywords: Maternal education; Nutritional status.

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