Anthropometric estimates of nutritional status of school going children of Sri Muktsar Sahib

A Singh, J Sekhon, Ajitpal Singh
2015 Human Biology Review   unpublished
A school based cross sectional study to assess the nutritional status was conducted on total of 863 children (495 boys + 368 girls) ranging in age from 6 to 15 years and were measured for weight and height. Body Mass Index was calculated and data was classified to the different grades of nutritional status using BMI for age percentiles. Gross body measurements shows increasing trend with advancing age irrespective of the gender variations. In boys, from 6 to 15 years mean weight, height and BMI
more » ... ranging between 20.9 to 53.9 kg, 116.9 to 164.8 cms and 15.2 to 19.7 kg/m 2 respectively. In girls, from 6 to 15 years mean weight, height and BMI ranging between 19.1 to 49.1 kg, 115.8 to 157.7 cms and 14.1 to 19.6 kg/m 2 respectively. Prevalence of malnutrition is more than the overweight and obesity in both girls and boys.