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Prevalence of malnutrition in Indian preschool-age children: a survey of wasting and stunting in rural Tamil Nadu, 1983.
Bull World Health Organ. 1986; 64(3):457-63.BW

Abstract

A cross-sectional survey of the nutritional status of 1223 preschool-age children was carried out in a development area in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Altogether, 45% of the children were underweight (low weight-for-age), 51% were stunted (low height-for-age), and 21% were wasted (low weight-for-height). The rates of severe malnutrition using any of these criteria were low, and only 9.6% of the children were both wasted and stunted. The nature of the malnutrition strongly depended on age group. Rates of stunting increased with age, reaching 63% in the fifth year of life, whereas rates of wasting peaked at 36% in the second year of life and declined to 14% in the fifth year. Surveys that are designed to produce information on stunting and wasting are important in the planning and evaluation of nutrition intervention programmes.

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Language

eng

PubMed ID

3490323

Citation

Steinhoff, M C., et al. "Prevalence of Malnutrition in Indian Preschool-age Children: a Survey of Wasting and Stunting in Rural Tamil Nadu, 1983." Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 64, no. 3, 1986, pp. 457-63.
Steinhoff MC, Hilder AS, Srilatha VL, et al. Prevalence of malnutrition in Indian preschool-age children: a survey of wasting and stunting in rural Tamil Nadu, 1983. Bull World Health Organ. 1986;64(3):457-63.
Steinhoff, M. C., Hilder, A. S., Srilatha, V. L., & Mukarji, D. (1986). Prevalence of malnutrition in Indian preschool-age children: a survey of wasting and stunting in rural Tamil Nadu, 1983. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 64(3), 457-63.
Steinhoff MC, et al. Prevalence of Malnutrition in Indian Preschool-age Children: a Survey of Wasting and Stunting in Rural Tamil Nadu, 1983. Bull World Health Organ. 1986;64(3):457-63. PubMed PMID: 3490323.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of malnutrition in Indian preschool-age children: a survey of wasting and stunting in rural Tamil Nadu, 1983. AU - Steinhoff,M C, AU - Hilder,A S, AU - Srilatha,V L, AU - Mukarji,D, PY - 1986/1/1/pubmed PY - 1986/1/1/medline PY - 1986/1/1/entrez KW - Age Distribution KW - Age Factors KW - Anthropometry KW - Asia KW - Biology KW - Body Weight--complications KW - Child Development KW - Data Analysis KW - Data Collection KW - Developing Countries KW - Diseases KW - Growth--complications KW - Health KW - India KW - Malnutrition KW - Measurement KW - Nutrition KW - Nutrition Disorders KW - Nutrition Indexes KW - Physiology KW - Prevalence KW - Research Methodology KW - Sex Distribution KW - Sex Factors KW - Southern Asia SP - 457 EP - 63 JF - Bulletin of the World Health Organization JO - Bull. World Health Organ. VL - 64 IS - 3 N2 - A cross-sectional survey of the nutritional status of 1223 preschool-age children was carried out in a development area in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Altogether, 45% of the children were underweight (low weight-for-age), 51% were stunted (low height-for-age), and 21% were wasted (low weight-for-height). The rates of severe malnutrition using any of these criteria were low, and only 9.6% of the children were both wasted and stunted. The nature of the malnutrition strongly depended on age group. Rates of stunting increased with age, reaching 63% in the fifth year of life, whereas rates of wasting peaked at 36% in the second year of life and declined to 14% in the fifth year. Surveys that are designed to produce information on stunting and wasting are important in the planning and evaluation of nutrition intervention programmes. SN - 0042-9686 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/3490323/Prevalence_of_malnutrition_in_Indian_preschool_age_children:_a_survey_of_wasting_and_stunting_in_rural_Tamil_Nadu_1983_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/3490323/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -