DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC
CORRELATES OF ACUTE UNDER-NUTRITION
IN THE PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN OF
ALLAHABAD, NORTH INDIAUrvashi Sharma, Neelam Yadav, Rachana, Shweta Mishra, Pankaj Tiwari.
Objective: To study the socio-demographic risk factors for the malnutrition in the pre-school children (4-6 years) of Allahabad.
Method: 425 children were surveyed in the study belonging to both the rural and urban parts of the district.
Results: Of the total children studied, there was an almost equal proportion of (50%) of boys and girls. Most of the children
belonged to rural habitat (66.3%). Cases of low weight-for-age (underweight -2SD) were found to be 63.5% of the total studied
population, whereas 39.8% children were low weight- for-height (wasted -2SD).
Conclusion: Parentís education, per capita income, family size and type of settlement were the key variables identified as risk
factors for under nutrition in pre-school children.
Under nutrition, Socio demographic, Risk factors
American Journal of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology
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