ESTIMATION OF STUNTED, WASTED, WASTED AND STUNTED CHILDREN AT TOWN DHADGAON, DISTRICT-NANDURBAR OF MAHARASHTRA STATE, INDIA
Keywords:Malnutrition, Prevalence, Stunting
Objective: The aim of present study was to estimate the percentage of all three classes of malnutrition such as i) Stunted ii) wasted iii) wasted and stunted at study site, so that these findings could help to formulate specially design therapeutic food product as well as implementation of need base Nutritional Rehabilitation Policies for category of highest percentage at this area.
Methods: This was Open label prospective parallel group active comparator interventional study.105 test and 100 control SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) children without infection, of 1 to 5 years of age and either sex were randomly enrolled and their anthropometric parameters weight, height, age, weight for height % , height for age % were measured as per WHO guidelines.
Results: The P values for weight, height, age, weight for height % , height for age % , were noted as P = 0.441, 0.975, 0.481, 0.06, 0.07 respectively and were found to be insignificant, suggestive of similar baseline characteristics at the time of enrollment. In study group wasted 2.9 % stunted 0 % and wated and stunted 97 % were found . Whereas in control group 9 % Wasted , 0 % stunted and 91 % wasted and stunted were noted.
Conclusion: We conclude that the highest percentage of wasted and stunted category malnourished children were found at the study site, followed by wasted and stunted. Failure to the adoptive mechanism could be the main reason attributed for it.
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