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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 3
First page : (103) Last page : (110)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.4045

Nutritional Status of Rural Adolescent Girls of Dharwad Taluk

Chaitanya Itagi1*, Sonal Aigal1, Supriya Patil2 and Usha Malagi1
1Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Rural Home Science, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad – 580 005, Karnataka, India
2Department of Extension and Communication Management, College of Rural Home Science, 
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad - 580 005, India
*Corresponding Author E-mail: itagichaitanya@gmail.com
Received: 13.06.2017  |  Revised: 20.06.2017   |  Accepted: 21.06.2017  


Adolescence is a transitional stage of development between childhood and adulthood and associated with marked physical growth, reproductive maturation and cognitive transformations. Aim of this study was to assess nutritional status of adolescent girls of Amminbhavi and Marewada villages of Dharwad taluk. A total of 60 adolescent girls of age 13 to 16 y were selected. Results showed, 60 per cent of the respondent’s height was 130-145cm while remaining was between 145-170cm.  Seventy six per cent of the respondent’s weight was 30-40 kg and remaining between 40-50 kg. Maximum respondents were in normal but underweight range of BMI. Many of respondents had no recent medical check up, while only few respondents underwent recent medical check up. Morbidity pattern was evaluated for common ailments and treatments. It was indicated that respondents experienced cough, cold, fever, headache and stomach ache. Clinical history of respondents was evaluated for iron deficiency.  Majority of the respondents exhibited the symptoms of pale conjunctiva, followed by fatigue, brittle fingernails, loss of appetite, brittle hairs, pallor skin, shortness of breath, unusual food cravings and rapid heartbeat. From the results, the adolescent girls are easily prone to common ailments as they do not take treatment and irregular consumption of iron, folate, Vit A and deworming  tablets in school which are provided free of cost, depicting their negligence towards their individual health. Good nutrition is needed to support the growth and developmental changes of adolescence.

Key words: Adolescent girls, Nutritional status, Anthropometric measurements, Underweight, Deworming

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Cite this article: Itagi, C., Aigal, S., Patil, S. and Malagi, U., Nutritional Status of Rural Adolescent Girls of Dharwad Taluk, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(3): 103-110 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.4045