Accepted paper:

A study on body mass index and nutrient intake of adolescent girls

Authors:

Ajeet Jaiswal (Pondicherry Central University)

Paper short abstract:

A cross - sectional study was carried out targeting 215 school going post- pubescent girls. Using the body mass index as an index of adiposity, 36.3 and 4.8 % of government and matriculation school girls respectively were found to be severely undernourished.

Paper long abstract:

Recognizing the importance of anthropometric measurements among adolescent girls, this study was undertaken to view the anthropometric measurements and to explore the nutrient intake of the selected adolescent girls. A cross - sectional study was carried out targeting 215 school going post- pubescent girls. Using the body mass index as an index of adiposity, 36.3 and 4.8 % of government and matriculation school girls respectively were found to be severely undernourished. Further, 16.5 and 29.8 % were found to be normal and 19 and 48 % of them were obese. Anthropometric measurements of the selected girls were lower when compared with National Centre for Health Statistics as a reference population. A significant difference was observed between selected girls and Indian adolescent girls with respect to weight, except girls in the age group between 13 and 14 years from matriculation school. Mean nutrient intake of the selected government school girls were significantly lower when compared with Recommended Dietary Allowance of Indians. Nutritional inadequacy is one of the main causes of prevalence of malnutrition that can lead to higher incidence of diseases among adolescents.

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