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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 235-236

Leanness among early adolescents in two rural schools of two districts in West Bengal

Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India

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Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal
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This cross-sectional study was conducted in two districts of West Bengal, to report the prevalence of leanness among rural adolescent school children. Leanness was evaluated using age and sex specific cut-off points of triceps skinfold thickness of < 5th percentile of NCHS reference population as recommended by World Health Organization. A total of 2016 students, of these, 51.39 % boys and 48.61% girls aged 10-15 years were studied. Overall (age and sex combined) 18.35 % children were lean. Moreover, prevalence of leanness was significantly higher in girls (22.04 %) as compared to boys (14.86%).

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