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Nutritional Status among adult Karbi Women of Kamrup District, Assam

Author Affiliations

  • 1National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, Khanapara, Guwahati-781022, Assam, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014, Assam, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (9), Pages 17-20, September,14 (2015)

Abstract

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an important indicator to assess the nutritional status of any given population. The objective for the study was to determine the nutritional status of adult Karbi tribe of Kamrup district, Assam. A total of 300 adult women of Karbi tribe of Chandrapur and Dimoria block of Kamrup district in the age group of 19 to 49 years were selected for the study. Purposive random sampling method was used to select the respondents for the study. BMI was determined by measuring the height and weight of the selected respondents by using standard techniques. Results revealed that the mean BMI were 21.53, 22.18 and 23.39 in the age group of 19 to 29 years, 30 to 39 years and 40 to 49 years respectively. The extend of undernutrition among the age groups of 19 to 29 years, 30 to 39 years and 40 to 49 years were 17 per cent, 13 per cent and 5 per cent in the three age groups. Overall, the prevalence of undernutrition was very less in comparison to other tribal groups of India.

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