A study on the nutritional status of adolescent girls (12-14yrs) residing in rural area of Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh
Anmol Lamba, Veena Garg
Adolescence is a critical period of growth and development as it is transition between childhood and adulthood. Health and nutrition of the girls affect the health and survival of future generation. However there is very little information about the nutritional status of adolescents, particularly from rural areas in Uttar Pradesh. In view of this fact, an attempt was made to assess the nutritional status of rural adolescent girls. The present study was undertaken to study the nutritional status of adolescent girls of Bijnor District. Anthropometric measurements of 12-14 years of girls were taken to assess their nutritional status. Data on weight and height was collected using standardized techniques. The result revealed that the mean weight and height of the studied sample were below the NCHS standard. About 35% girls were below the suggested weight and 5% girls were overweight as calculated by BMI.