Journal Article

Thinness is a major underlying problem among Indian children

Nitish Mondal and Jaydip Sen

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 56, issue 6, pages 456-458
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online March 2010 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI:
Thinness is a major underlying problem among Indian children

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The incidence of child undernutrition is high around the world, particularly alarming in the developing countries. This cross-sectional investigation has been undertaken among rural primary school-going children residing in Phansidewa block of Darjeeling district. The study sample was 2111 children (1028 boys; 1083 girls) aged 5–12 years. Height, weight was taken and body mass index (BMI) was calculated. The recent international cut-off of BMI of Cole et al. was used to assess the prevalence of thinness. The overall mean BMI among boys and girls were 14.01 ± 1.57 kg m−2 and 14.17 ± 1.87 kg m−2 respectively (p < 0.05). A very high prevalence was observed in overall thinness (71.11% boys; 67.77% girls, p > 0.05) in the different grades of thinness. Child undernutrition (thinness) is a major underlying problem in Indian rural children, especially in rural West Bengal, where appropriate nutritional intervention strategies are necessary to improve their nutritional status.

Keywords: body mass index; thinness; children; undernutrition; India

Journal Article.  976 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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