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Aim: To assess height, weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) of children attending anganwadi centers.
Sample: Ninety children attending the anganwadi centers in the age group of two to six years were studied.
Study Design: A random study was done to assess anthropometric measurements such as height, weight and BMI of children (2-6 years) attending anganwadi centers in the Urban 2 project areas of Trivandrum district, Kerala. Children were selected randomly from sector 1 and sector 4. Data collected were compared with the standard values to find the disparities.
Place of Study: Sectors I and IV in the Urban II project areas of Trivandrum district in Kerala was randomly selected for study.
Methodology: Height, weight and Body Mass Index of 90 children were collected and recorded. Data collected were compared with the standard values to find the deviation among the study population.
Results: 80% of children attending the anganwadi centers were having greater than minimum height standards. Even though majority of children have a body mass index less than 5th percentile indicating the chances of malnutrition.
Conclusion: Children having less than their minimum height and weight requirements requires special attention. Less BMI value indicates the presence of malnutrition and need proper care and attention.
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