Body Mass Index and Chronic Energy Deficiency among Adults of Tharu Population, Uttarakhand, India

Koel Mukherjee, Harashawaradhana Harihar, Venugopal N Pulamaghatta, Abrar Alam, Bimal Rawat


Objectives- A cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the nutritional profile and nutritional status based on BMI of adult Tharu a tribal population of Uttarakhand, India.

Methods- A total of 176 adult (aged > 18 years) Tharu of four villages of Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand, India, were studied. Height, weight has been taken as anthropometric measurements and BMI was calculated to ascertain nutritional status.

Results- Overall, the extent of undernutrition (BMI < 18.5) was found to be moderately high (22.2%) especially among old aged individuals. Moreover, there was a significant difference in the prevalence of under-nutrition between males (26.2%) and females (18.9%).

Conclusion- it is suggested that some immediate nutritional intervention programmes are needed for implementation among Tharu community of Uttarakhand, especially among old age individuals.


Anthropometry, Body Mass Index, Chronic Energy Deficiency, Nutritional Status, Tharu

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