1M.Sc. Home Science (Food Science and Nutrition), College of Community Science, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
2 Ph.D Research Scholar, Department of Agricultural Economics, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
3PhD Scholar, Department of Entomology, M.S. Swaminathan School of Agriculture, Centurion University of Technology and Management
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Accepted After Revision: 20/12/2020
The present study was undertaken to assess the nutritional status of 7-12 years of school-going children and to determine the nutrient intake in comparison with RDA. A total sample of 120 school-going children was selected from one Govt. and two private schools of Bhubaneswar city, Odisha. A structured questionnaire was used and anthropometric measurements were taken to collect the data.Data on dietary intake were collected by using 24 hours recall method. From the study, it was found that the prevalence of thinness was 58.33% in Govt. school children whereas 28.33% of private school children were overweight and 11.67% were obese. The school-going children of Govt. school were found to be stunted 6.67%. Consumption of all the nutrients by Govt. school children was a deficit from the recommended dietary allowances but in case of private school children, consumption of all the nutrients was excess from the Recommended Dietary Allowances except vitamin-A. Consumption of food items such as egg, fish, meat, milk and milk products, fruits and nuts were found to be lower in case of Govt. school children as compared to private school children. However, the study indicated that undernutrition in Govt. school children may be due to lower intake of food and nutrients than the recommended standard. Deficiency of vitamin-A in the diet was observed in both the schools due to negligible consumption of green leafy vegetables and minimal consumption of other vegetables and fruits.
School going children, Anthropometric measurement, RDA and dietary intake.