Assessment and comparison of nutritional status of government and private secondary school children of Muzaffarnagar

  • Sangeeta Jain Sharma
  • Khursheed Muzammil
  • Jai Veer Singh
  • Moh. Tauseef Alvi
  • Rama Shankar Singh
  • Sana Siddiqui

Abstract

Background: Malnutrition leads to poor cognitive performance and physical growth in children and is a major component of school health services. Imbalanced nutrition in adolescence can put them at high risk of chronic diseases particularly if combined with adverse lifestyle. Aims & Objectives: This study was designed to assess and compare the nutritional status of government and private school children of Muzaffarnagar city. Material and Methods: School based, comparative Cross-sectional study. One private and one government school was selected using unistage stratified random sampling. A total of 1960 (980 each from private school and government school) school children of class 6-12 were studied for socio-epidemiological details, dietary habits, and physical activity. Information on education status, occupation, monthly income of their parents was also collected. Required anthropometric measurements were taken. Results: Of 980 children from private school, 90 (9.18%) were underweight,138 (14.08%) were overweight, and 137 (13.97%) were obese. Majority of children from government school were underweight 215 (21.94%) except for 24 (2.45%) overweight children. Conclusion: This study shows the dual nature of nutritional problem, under-nutrition among the lower socioeconomic class of govt. school at one side and worrisome epidemic of obesity among the affluent of private school

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2017-09-30
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Sharma SJ, Muzammil K, Singh JV, Alvi MT, Singh RS, Siddiqui S. Assessment and comparison of nutritional status of government and private secondary school children of Muzaffarnagar. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2017Sep.30 [cited 2020Oct.21];29(3):264-70. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/758
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