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Journal of Medical Erudite
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 1and2
First page : ( 1) Last page : ( 6)
Print ISSN : 2278-1927. Online ISSN : 2349-2112.

Children According to Weight for Age by Using Gomez Classification in Urban Slum Region of Delhi

Ahmad Anis1,*, Khayyam Khalid Umer2, Muzammil Sazina3, Siddiqui Ali Nasir4, Anjum Rubi5

1Reseach Scholar, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty Medicine (Unani), Hamdard University, New Delhi, India

2Head, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, National Institute of TB and Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi, India

3Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

4PHD Scholar, Department of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India

5Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty Medicine (Unani), Hamdard University, New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author: Dr. Anis Ahmad, E mail: dr.anisadmad@rediffmail.com, Mobile No: +91-9810385610

Online published on 27 April, 2017.



India has witnessed the highest prevalence of underweight children and is nearly double that of Sub Saharan Africa with horrible consequences for mobility, mortality, productivity and economic growth. We aim to assess children according to weight for age using Gomez Classification.

Study Design

Cross-sectional study.

Material Method

100 children between the age group of 24 to 47 months of either sex except severely ill and not receiving consent from their parent were undertaken from all the 08 pockets of J. J. colony i.e. Madanpur Khadar extension. Face-to-face oral interview of the father/mother/head of the family and anthropometric examination of all the eligible children were taken.


About 28% of the studied children were normal where as 45%, 25% and 2% were grade-I, grade-II and grade-III underweight for age status respectively. Underweight was found more in age group of 24–35 months which is statistically significant. Grade-I underweight was found in majority of cases.



Gomez Classification, Underweight, Malnutrition, Undernutrition.


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