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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-21

Nutritional status of adolescent girls in a rural area of north 24 parganas district, West Bengal

1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, India
2 Professor, Preventive & Social Medicine, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, India

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Dilip Kumar Das
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R. G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata
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A community based, cross-sectional study was conducted during June to December 1999 in Amdanga block of North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. Among a sample of 143 adolescent girls (10-19 years), selected through multistage sampling procedure. Data was collected by interviewing the adolescent girls and their parent, whenever necessary using pre-designed, pre-tested, semi-structured schedule. Anthropometric measurements were recorded using standardized methodology as recommended by WHO and standard clinical examination procedures were followed. Standard operational definitions were used. Appropriate statistical tests like Chi-square test were applied as and when required. Overall prevalence of 'thinness' and 'stunting' were found to be 14.7% and 37.8% respectively. There was no significant association (p>0.05) of thinness or stunting with per capita monthly family income and literacy status of parents. Common nutritional deficiency disorders were anaemia (44.8%), dental caries (25.9%), angular stomatitis (15.4%) etc.

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