National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2019 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 6 | Page No: 365-369

Nutritional Status and dietary Pattern of Adolescent Girls: A Study From Urban Slums Of Agra

Author: Sarvesh Kumar1, Neha Mishra2


1Department of Community Medicine Government Medical College, Datia, MP

2Department of Statistics, University of Lucknow, India


Introduction: About 10% of Indian population are adolescent girls. This proportion of population faces a series of serious nutritional challenges not only affecting their growth and development but also their livelihood as adults. Our objective of the study was to assess the nutritional and dietary pattern of adolescent girls in urban slums of Agra. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 240 ado-lescent of girls urban slums of Agra using predesigned and pretested questionnaire. Data was analyzed by using univariate and bivariate analysis. Results: Mean age of the adolescent’s girls was found 12 Yrs. The dietary pattern indicated poor consumption of milk, fruits and leafy vegetables. Majority of them were vegetarian, while remaining was non-vegetarian. The result shows the nutrient intake and age groups, there is a significant difference with all the macronu-trients and micronutrients intake of the adolescent’s girls. Conclusions: The study shows that the majority of adolescent girls were not aware about their nutritional status healthy dietary habits and thus to take appropriate interventions to improve the nutri-tional status of adolescent girls.

Keywords: Health, Adolescent girls, dietary habits, nutritional status