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Journal of Dairying, Foods and Home Sciences
Year : 2007, Volume : 26, Issue : 3&4
First page : ( 229) Last page : ( 231)
Print ISSN : 0971-4456.

Somatic status of tribal preschool children with special reference to gomez classification

Zanver Varsha, Arya A.B., Devi Rohini

College of Home Science, Marthawada Agriculural University, Parbhani, 431 402, India.


The present investigation was carried out for assessing the somatic status of tribal children with Special reference to Gomez classification. A total sample of 200 tribal preschool children from 1–5+ years age belonging to different socio-economic status was selected from tribal area of Nanded district of Maharashtra state. Out of 200 children studied only 9.5% children were found to have normal growth while rest of the 90.5% children suffered from various grades of malnutrition. Grade I and grade III malnutrition were more in early age (3–4 yr.) while grade II malnutrition was prevalent more during later age (4–5 yr). More percent of (47%) male subjects suffered from different grades of malnutrition than female subjects (43%). The influence of socio-economic factors like occupation, paternal literacy level and monthly family income showed that children from farmers families having educated parents and from families with comparatively more family income suffered less from various grades of malnutrition.


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