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A STUDY OF ANTHROPOMETRIC INDICES AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS AMONG VULNERABLE TRIBES OF ANDHRA PRADESH

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Author(s): Appalanaidu P | Rao, VLN | Jai Kishan G | Naidu JM

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 603;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Anthropometric indices | Nutritional status | Konda Reddi and Koya Dora.

ABSTRACT
Anthropometric nutrition surveys are commonly conducted during emergencies to estimate the level of acute malnutrition in a population. To study of anthropometric indices and nutritional status among Konda Reddi and Koya Dora tribal offspring of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. The subjects were drawn from the selected villages to study the growth progression. The survey was carried out from June 16th, 2011 to December 22nd, 2011 after conducting of a pilot survey of the study area. A Cross-sectional community based field surveys was carried out in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The subjects between the ages of 6 - 16 years attending the schools were measured. Statistical analyses of the data collected were carried out using SPSS 18.0. Beside descriptive statistics, to test the differences between the age groups, Z- score was done. Results reveal that higher frequency of Koya Dora boys are overweight (10%) compared to a relatively low frequency (5.49%) of Koya Dora girls. A reverse trend is observed among Konda Reddi tribe with slightly higher proportion of girls (15.57%) in underweight category than boys (13.38%). However, about 9.44% of Konda Reddi boys belong to overweight category to 6.03% Konda Reddi girls. The overall result indicates a relatively better nutritional status of both the tribes.
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