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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 228-231

Nutritional status of adolescents at a rural health centre of Dakshina kannada district of Karnataka


1 Associate Professor Community Medicine, KVG Medical College, Sullia, Karnataka, India
2 MSc student Department of food science and nutrition, Karnataka state Open University, Mysore, India
3 Department of food science and nutrition, Karnataka state Open University, Mysore, India
4 Assistant Professor in Anatomy KVG Medical College, Sullia, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Sagar Borker
Associate Professor Community Medicine, KVG Medical College, Sullia, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2321-7006.302239

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Background: There are about 1.2 billion adolescents, a fifth of the world's population and their numbers are increasing. Hence it is essential to assess their nutritional status. Objectives: To study the nutritional status of rural adolescents, to determine the type of malnutrition among them. Methods: The study was conducted among 100 adolescents (12-18 years) of both the sexes in the rural primary health centre Guttigar, Sullia Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka between April - June 2014. Results: Study found that 64% had chronic energy deficiency, 19% - underweight, 16% - normal and only 1% was overweight. it was observed that there was a significant association between BMI and sex; BMI and Age. Conclusion: Findings of the present study indicate that under nutrition is the major problem of adolescents than overweight or obesity. Therefore the study suggests a need to adapt a strong nutritional intervention programme.


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