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Voice of Intellectual Man- An International Journal
Year : 2011, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : ( 13) Last page : ( 32)
Print ISSN : 2231-6914.

Assessment of nutritional status of adolescent Mahadev Koli-A scheduled tribe of Maharashtra

Nandre Charulata D., Research Scholar, Kulkarni Shaunak S., Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology, University of Pune, (India).

Online published on 16 February, 2012.

Abstract

A cross sectional study was conducted among the Mahadev Koli tribe of Ambegaon taluka, Pune district, Maharashtra. The study was aimed at assessing the nutritional status using anthropometry. Data were collected from 232 girls and 238 boys in the age group 10 years to 19 years, residing in five villages. The mean values for comparison and various indices are computed. Mahadev Koli are found to have low nutritional status when compared with reference values. Weight for age reveals that 100% boys and 72% girls fall under Gr. II level of malnutrition, and remaining girls are under grade I and grade III of malnutrition. Height for age shows that both boys and girls are marginally malnourished. Assessment on the basis of weight for height reveals that 71% of boys and 29% of girls are moderately malnourished whereas 29% of boys and 57% of girls are severely malnourished. The status of MUAC of boys and girls is also low. Clinical parameters show 7.8% individuals having skin related problems due to unhygienic conditions. Gums and tongue also show the evidence of malnutrition. The normal diet consists of rice. Nutritional status of adolescents is found to be serious. Inadequate and irregular supply of food, ecological situation, and genetic composition are other responsible factors for malnutrition.

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Keywords

Nutritional Status, Malnutrition, Health Status Demographic Factors.

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