The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 65, Issue 4, pp 565–572 | Cite as

Tamil Nadu nutritional survey comparing children aged 0–3 years with the NCHS/CDC reference population

  • Rajaratnam Abel
  • V. Sampathkumar
Original Article


A cross-sectional nutritional survey of children belonging to Tamil Nadu State of India, aged 0–3 years was conducted on a representative sample of 2039 children. The collected data was analysed using the recommended indices of height-for-age and weight-for-height based on standard deviation (SD scores) and cross-classified using the SD scores. The nutritional status of these children was compared with the NCHS standard. Prevalence of stunting (27.6%), wasting (9.9%) and simultaneous wasting and stunting (10.7%) was high among the children studied:

Key Words

Nutritional status Stunting Wasting 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajaratnam Abel
    • 1
  • V. Sampathkumar
    • 1
  1. 1.RUHSA Department Christian Medical College and Hospital, RUHSA CampusTamil NaduIndia

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