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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 305-307

Assessment of nutritional status by composite index for anthropometric failure: A study among slum children in Bankura, West Bengal


1 MBBS Student, Department of Community Medicine, B.S. Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, B.S. Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India
3 Professor, Department of Community Medicine, B.S. Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India
4 Director, Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Subhadeep Shit
Bhairabpally, Kenduadihi, Bankura-722102
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.106421

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A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted to find out the prevalence of composite index of anthropometric failure (CIAF) among 117 slum dwelling under-five children in Bankura town, West Bengal and its relation with some common socio-economic factors. Among study population, the prevalence of underweight was 41.6%, whereas CIAF was 80.3%. CIAF gave a near complete estimation of undernutrition unlike underweight. Children who were unimmunized, with more number of siblings, living in a nuclear family, or with illiterate mothers were more likely to be undernourished.


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