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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 113-4

Nutritional status of under five children in an urban slum community of Calcutta.

All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Calcutta

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P K Sen
All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Calcutta

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Nutritional status particularly in relation to the possible risk of morbidity and mortality in children has long been recognised as a field of major concern. A cross-sectional study was undertaken with 1280 under five children in the urban slum community of Chetla, the field practice area of All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Calcutta, during 1991 to identify their nutritional status. Wt/age being the most sensitive indicator was considered; and the children were graded using the Indian Academy of Pediatrics classification. It is evident from table 1, that more than half of the under five children were undernourished in the series, 27.7%, 16.8%, 5.3% and 1.8% being suffering from grade I, II, III and IV undernutrition respectively.

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