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Nutritional intervention study - nutritional status of rural school going children and maternal nutritional knowledge

Author Affiliations

  • 1Dept. of Foods and Nutrition, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • 2Dept. of Foods and Nutrition, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (7), Pages 10-16, July,14 (2017)

Abstract

Nutrition is a fundamental pillar of human life, health and development across the entire life span. More than 200 million school age children are stunted and underweight and if no action is taken, about one billion school children will be growing up by 2020 with impaired physical and mental development. On the basis of facts a nutrition intervention study was conducted on rural children with an objective to ascertain nutritional status of school going children also nutritional knowledge of mother was assessed before imparting intervention. Total sample was 120 school going children (15 girls and 15 boys from each school) were selected and their mothers for intervention. A Nutritional status of the subjects was assessed by using anthropometric measurements (height and weight), and dietary recall method. As results revealed that the height and weight of respondents was lower than reference value. Dietary intake of respondents was substantially inadequate (<50%) in all food groups. The mean nutrient intake was significantly lower than recommended dietary allowances. Intake of protein of respondents was 81 % of RDA. The results related to intervention the knowledge level was increase from pre test and according to results there was gain in knowledge.

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