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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 4
First page : ( 889) Last page : ( 892)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00149.3

Socio Economic Influence on Nutritional Status: A Micro Level Study in Howrah District, West Bengal

Ganguly S Bhowmick1, Ray S K2, Banerjee K2,*

1Contractual Whole Time Teacher, Department of Food and Nutrition, Prabhu Jagatbandhu College, Andul, Howrah, 7011302

2Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Prabhu Jagatbandhu College, Andul, Howrah, 7011302

*Corresponding Author Email: kakolika@gmail.com

Online published on 30 January, 2019.

Abstract

Malnutrition is one of the main obstacles in the progressive period for physical growth and mental development in primary school going children. The present study aims to determine the relation between socio-economic factors and nutritional status of school children of Sankrail Block, Howrah district of West Bengal. Cross sectional study was conducted in five Government primary schools in rural area of Sankrail Block. Pre tested and pre-structured questionnaire was used to collect data. Total 151 study respondents were selected by random sampling. Statistical analysis was done using MS Excel 2010. Chi square method was done to test associations and P < 0.05 was considered significant. All the respondents were non-vegetarian. 54.35% were from middle class economic group. 55.67% boys and 61.11% girls were in normal nutritional status. Obesity was found only in boys (14.43%). 3.31% students were found to be overweight. The association between economic status as well as mother's education and prevalence of nutritional status was not found to be statistically significant (Chi square =8.817, p =0.065). Formal education of mother is not always sufficient for maintaining normal nutritional status of children. The findings reflect that lower economic-status is not the only deterrent for poor nutritional status. Social awareness relating to nutritional education is necessary for adopting healthy and hygienic dietary practices.

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Keywords

Nutritional status, economic status, mother's education, primary school going children.

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