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Natl J Integr Res Med. 2011; 2(1): 10-15

Determinants of Nutritional Status of School Children - A Cross Sectional Study in the Western Region of Nepal

Joshi HS*, Gupta R**, Joshi M C***, Mahajan Vipul****.

Under-nutrition continues to be a primary cause of ill health and mortality among children in developing countries. Besides poverty, there are other factors that directly or indirectly affect the nutritional status of children. In the present study, an attempt was made to find the prevalence of under-nutrition among school children in 4 – 14 year age group and the role of socio-demographic characteristics of mother on child nutrition. Methods: Descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in schools of Kaski district of Western Nepal from January 2007 to June 2007. A total of 786 students were randomly selected from six schools in the study area and nutritional status of the children was assessed by anthropometric measurements. Results: Among 786 students, 26% of the students were found to be undernourished and 13% stunted, 12% wasted and only 1% both stunted and wasted. The present study shows highly significant association (p

Key words: Malnutrition, School children, Anthropometry

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