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