Assessment of Nutritional Status of Anganwadi Children in Coastal Karnataka: A CrossSectional Study

Authors

  • Sanjay Kini
  • Muthukumar Rajamohan
  • Uttam Kumar
  • Sumangala K
  • Prathvi K
  • VishnuKeerthi BS

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v13i1.17371

Keywords:

Anganwadi, Stunting, wasting, underweight, thinness

Abstract

Backrground: In India half of the under-5 mortality is attributed to undernutrition. As a consequence
of malnutrition numerous health issues are seen in under-5 children. EEarly intervention during this
period can reduce the morbidity and mortality. This Study aims to estimate the prevalence of Stunting,
underweight, wasting and Thinness among anganwadi children in Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 564 anganwadi children in Dakshina
Kannada district, Karnataka. Data collection was carried out using a pre-tested questionnaire.
Anthropometric parameters for the assessment of nutritional status of children were measured using
standard guidelines.
Results: Boys weighed slightly more than girls in the age groups 3 & 4 years whereas girls’ weight was
more for age groups 5-7 years. Except for the age group of 6 years, boys were found to be taller than
girls. The prevalence of Stunning, Under-weight, Wasting and Thinness in our study was found to be
25.9%, 22%, 27.8% and 24.1% respectively. The prevalence of all 4 parameters were higher among age
group of 5 &6 year old children.
Conclusion:Stunning, Under-weight, Wasting and Thinness are theissues which requires our country
to ensure implementation of policies which are practical and effective and also the interventions across
the life cycle that take into account the variations and the context of each state in our countr

Author Biographies

Sanjay Kini

Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research centre Mangalore

Muthukumar Rajamohan

Assistant Professor,Department of Community Medicine, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research
Institute, Chennai,

Uttam Kumar

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, P.D.U Medical College, Churu, Rajasthan

Sumangala K

Post-Graduate Student, Department of Community Medicine, Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Mangalore

Prathvi K

Undergraduate Student, Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Mangalore

VishnuKeerthi BS

Undergraduate Student, Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Mangalore

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Published

2021-10-20

How to Cite

Sanjay Kini, Muthukumar Rajamohan, Uttam Kumar, Sumangala K, Prathvi K, & VishnuKeerthi BS. (2021). Assessment of Nutritional Status of Anganwadi Children in Coastal Karnataka: A CrossSectional Study. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 13(1), 330–336. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v13i1.17371