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

  • Koel Mukherjee Anthropological Survey of India, North West Regional Center, Dehradun, India
  • Harashawaradhana Harihar Anthropological Survey of India, North West Regional Center, Dehradun, India
  • Venugopal N Pulamaghatta Anthrpological Survey of India North West Regional Center Dehradun
  • Abrar Alam Anthrpological Survey of India North West Regional Center Dehradun
  • Bimal Rawat Anthrpological Survey of India North West Regional Center Dehradun
Keywords: Anthropometry, Body Mass Index, Chronic Energy Deficiency, Nutritional Status, Tharu

Abstract

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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Author Biographies

Venugopal N Pulamaghatta, Anthrpological Survey of India North West Regional Center Dehradun

Research Associate

Anthrpological Survey of India

North West Regional Center

Dehradun

Abrar Alam, Anthrpological Survey of India North West Regional Center Dehradun

Senior Research Fellow

Anthrpological Survey of India

North West Regional Center

Dehradun

Bimal Rawat, Anthrpological Survey of India North West Regional Center Dehradun

Senior Research Fellow

Anthrpological Survey of India

North West Regional Center

Dehradun

Published
2015-07-30
Section
Original Research Articles