Prevalance of over nutrition and impact of nutrition awareness among school going children of Cuttack district
Subhadarshini Soumya, Paul Virginia
Health and nutrition in early stages of human life determine, to a great extent, the physical and mental well-being of a person. In a developing country like India, poverty undoubtedly constitutes a major factor for malnutrition in children, but lack of awareness of what constitutes a balanced diet is also a factor, which needs to be considered. Childhood is a crucial period of physical and cognitive development. The consequences of ignoring the changing nutrition needs and burden of disease are grim. Nutrition refers to the appropriate intake of nutritionally adequate food in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Over Nutrition is a state of nutrition in which one or more of the components of a healthy diet are consumed to excess such that adverse medical effects of that excessive intake are apparent and measurable. In India most of the school going children prefer indoor games and sedentary lifestyle. The present study was designed with main objectives, to develop nutrition education material for creating awareness, to assess the impact of ICT on the nutritional awareness of Over nutrition among school going children. Two hundred children (13-17years) were selected through the random sampling method from one children’s home in Cuttack, Odisha. Children’s nutritional awareness was assessed by imparting nutritional awareness. Pretested schedule was used in order to collect data from the respondents. The collected data were statistically analyzed. The study showed the children had lack of nutritional knowledge before intervention but it was improved after nutritional awareness intervention programme.