Nutritional Assessment of Children Ages 0 - 5 Years in Rural Punjab, India

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Publication Type honors thesis
School or College College of Education
Department Health Promotion & Education
Faculty Mentor Tejinder Pal Singh
Creator Eike, Daniel Aaron
Title Nutritional Assessment of Children Ages 0 - 5 Years in Rural Punjab, India
Year graduated 2016
Date 2016-12
Description Malnutrition is a major health risk that affects nearly 50% of children in India. The state of Punjab has been termed the "breadbasket" of India because of its massive agricultural production. Despite this, children throughout Punjab still suffer from high rates of malnutrition. The purpose of this study is to provide a baseline for malnutrition among children (ages 0-5) in 9 rural villages in the Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab. Weight and height were measured for children throughout the nine villages. This data was analyzed using WHO Anthro Software to determine malnutrition based on four indicators: weight for age, height for age, weight for height, and BMI for age. Among all children surveyed (n=463), 53% were found to beat risk or underweight according to the weight for age indicator. Results were also compared to demographic factors including: gender, school, sibling and caste. Results indicate a need for further intervention measures. Possible solutions to this problem include community outreach and collaboration between local NGOs, district officials and village leaders; health and nutrition counseling; follow-up and referral services for malnourished children; and improving the role of the family in child nutrition (especially the role of the fa ther).
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Nutrition - in infancy & childhood - Punjab
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Daniel Aaron Eike
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 24,337 bytes
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Setname ir_htoa
Date Created 2016-09-16
Date Modified 2019-07-09
ID 205752
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