Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
Prevalence of trace element and micro-nutrients deficiency of adolescence (10-14 years) by nutritional awareness and dietary assessment
Author(s): Anwesa Sahoo
Abstract: The importance of coexisting micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries is gaining recognition, prompted by the disappointing responses often observed with single micronutrient supplements. Further, of concern is the feasibility and sustainability of supplementation as a mode of delivery in poor resource settings. A cross sectional study was carried out to assess the nutritional status of adolescent girls and boys of Kanpur district. This study was conducted among 4-schools using general information, anthropometric, clinical information, dietary intake information and food habits. The study comprised of 150 adolescence boys and girls between the age group of 10-14 years of age. Iron, zinc and dietary folate deficiency are the common health problems among adolescent girls. A well balanced nutritious food should be consumed to prevent micro-nutrient efficiencies and to attain a good physical and mental well-being. Interventions like public health measures, school health programs should be implemented to address these health problems. Supplementation and fortification of foods should be done to prevent the micro-nutrient and trace element deficiencies and to improve the nutritional status of the adolescence.