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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 6
First page : (1270) Last page : (1274)
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Nutritional Status of Children under Five Living in Rajupalem

Archana Bathula1, Amrutha Gonal2 and Prasanthi Seelam3*

1Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science, N.S College, Darimadugu, Markapur, Prakasam Distrct
2Teaching Associate, 3Assistant Professor,
Dept of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Home Science, Guntur, Andhara Pradesh
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Received: 28.10.2018 | Revised: 13.11.2018 | Accepted: 20.11.2018  



Childhood undernutrition is an important public health and development challenge in India. Undernourished children have significantly higher risk of mortality and morbidity. Besides increasing the risk of death and disease, undernutrition also leads to growth retardation and impaired psychosocial and cognitive development. The assessment of growth is crucial for child care and reference data are central to growth monitoring. The objective of the study is to assess the height, weight and MUAC (mid upper arm circumference) of children in order to monitor growth and assess the nutritional status of children under -five years of age. The present study involves the measurements of 3 anthropometric dimensions from a total of 120 (60 boys and 60 girls) children, aging from 0-5yrs old. Each dimension for each gender was averaged and plotted in a graph against the children’s corresponding ages. Height, weight and MUAC percentile data was calculated and charts generated. The results revealed that 50% boys are underweight and 48% girls are underweight, 52% boys are stunted and 48% girls are stunted, 5% boys are wasting and 13% girls are wasting. Overall in 120 sample of under-five children: underweight, stunting and wasting are 49%, 46% and 9% respectively. Among boys sample: underweight, stunting and wasting are50%, 51.7% and 6.7% respectively. Among girls of 60 under-five children: underweight, stunting and wasting are 48%, 40% and 13% respectively. More effective intervention programmes are needed to accelerate the reduction of underweight, stunting and wasting in under-five aged children.

Key words: Growth assessment, Nutritional status, Under –Five children, Anthropometry, India.

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Cite this article: Bathula, A., Gonal, A. and Seelam, P., Nutritional Status of Children under Five Living in Rajupalem, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci. 6(6): 1270-1274 (2018). doi: