Study Of Diet And Nutritional Status Of School Going Rural Adolescent Boys In Allahabad



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  • Surya Bali
  • S B Dabral
  • S Dwivedi
  • D Kumar


Research question: What is the prevalence of malnutrition among school going rural adolescent boys? Objective: To assess the diet and nutritional status of school going rural adolescent boys. Study design: Cross sectional study. Setting: Rural Intermediate Colleges. Participants: 660 study subjects (adolescents boys. 10-19 years), of classes 6th to 12th from 8 rural intermediate colleges in two blocks of Allahabad. Study period: One year (From April 2002 to May 2003). Statistical Analysis: Chi square lest Results: Overall mean height. BM1 and Haemoglobin level of adolescents were 1 56.97+9.84cm. 18.59+2.20 kg/m2 and 12.12+1.31 gm/dl respectively. Prevalence of malnutrition in terms of Stunting (24.1 %) Thinness (10.5%) and Overweight (1.4%) was observ ed. Maximum calorie deficit was seen in thirteen-year-old boys, it was 42.5% below the RDA and minimum deficit (25.7%) was observed among nineteen-year-old boys. Overall mean caloric deficit among 10 to 19 years’ adolescents was 839.57 Kcal/day. Prevalence of anaemia was observed in 371(56.3%) adolescent boys. Prevalence of Vit. A deficiency. Vitamin B - complex and Vitamin C deficiency were found to be 3.5%. 25.3% and 6.8% respectively. Conclusion: Nutritional status of school going adolescent boys in rural areas of Allahabad is not satisfactory and there is a strong need for a programme especially for adolescent boys to fulfill their nutritional needs.

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Bali S, Dabral SB, Dwivedi S, Kumar D. Study Of Diet And Nutritional Status Of School Going Rural Adolescent Boys In Allahabad. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2003 Dec. 31 [cited 2023 Mar. 23];15(2):15-20. Available from:


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