The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 61, Issue 6, pp 695–701 | Cite as

Nutritional status of married adolescent girls in rural Rajasthan

  • Swapna Chaturvedi
  • U. Kapil
  • T. Bhanthi
  • N. Gnanasekaran
  • R. M. Pandey
Original Articles


Adolescence is period of rapid growth and development. The present study was undertaken to assess the nutritional status of 941 adolescent girls, aged 10–18 years belonging to Scheduled Caste communities in rural Rajasthan, using the probability proportionate to size sampling procedure. Data on 93 married adolescent girls was analysed in detail. Nutritional status of the subjects was assessed by anthropometry, dietary intake and by clinical examination of nutritional deficiency disorders. Anthropometric measurements were recorded for height, weight, chest circumference, MUAC and TSF using standardised techniques. On comparing the present study’s data with ICMR's study data (1956–65) it was found that there has been a significant improvement in the height, weight and chest circumference of the adolescent girls but the values were below the well-to-do group study data. Dietary intake was assessed by 24 hours recall method. The dietary intake was compared against ICMR’s RDA. It was found that the diets were deficient in calories by 30 to 40% in proteins by 25 to 37%, by 39 to 55% in iron and by 10 to 34% in vitamin A. 78% of the subjects suffered from various grades of anaemia and 40% of the subjects had B-complex deficiency.

Key words

Adolescence Nutritional status Anthropometry Dietary intake 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Swapna Chaturvedi
    • 2
  • U. Kapil
    • 2
  • T. Bhanthi
    • 2
  • N. Gnanasekaran
    • 2
  • R. M. Pandey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiostatisticsAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew Delhi
  2. 2.Human Nutrition UnitAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew Delhi

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