IJCRR - Vol 08 Issue 24, December, 2016
A STUDY ON THE PREVALENCE OF NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS OF SCHOOL GOING ADOLESCENT GIRLS OF KASHMIR VALLEY WITH SPECIAL FOCUS ON ANEMIA
Author: Darakshan Ali, Anjum Fazili, Rohul Jabeen Shah, Mir Mohammad Rafiq
Background: In India adolescents constitute about 22.8% of total population forming a significant proportion of the population .Nutrition is an important area of concern in adolescent health especially in girls. Improper nutrition in girls has been shown to lead to adverse intergenerational effects.
Aims and Objectives: To identify the nutritional problems of school going adolescent girls of Kashmir Valley and to study the factors associated with anemia in these girls.
Methodology: A cross sectional study design was adopted and the study was conducted in randomly selected schools in three districts of Kashmir Valley. A total of 428 girls in the age group of 12 to 18 years were included in the study. Data was collected using a pre-tested and pre-structured questionnaire which included assessment of the dietary habits, anthropometric measurements and general physical examination of the study population. Hb estimation of a subset of the study population was also done. Data was analyzed using SPSS 20.0.
Results: It was seen that anemia was the most common nutritional problem in the adolescent girls seen in 53.30% of them followed by thinness in 35.70% of them  Other problems seen were overweight, obesity and thyromegaly.
Conclusion: Thus it is concluded from this study that a considerable proportion of adolescent girls suffered from nutritional problems which need to be addressed in order to improve the overall health status of these girls.
Keywords: Adolescents, Nutrition, Thinness, Overweight, Anemia
Darakshan Ali, Anjum Fazili, Rohul Jabeen Shah, Mir Mohammad Rafiq. A STUDY ON THE PREVALENCE OF NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS OF SCHOOL GOING ADOLESCENT GIRLS OF KASHMIR VALLEY WITH SPECIAL FOCUS ON ANEMIA International Journal of Current Research and Review. Vol 08 Issue 24, December, 06-12
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