Dr Sumit Ahluwalia


Background: Malnutrition is prevalent in developing countries like India and is mostly seen in lower socio economic strata due to illiteracy and other factors affecting it.

Aims and Objective: to assess the malnutrition and its correlation with socio economic status of family and educational status of mother

Material and Method: Based on reported prevalence of wasting 23% in NFHS-3 (2005-06 ) sample size was arrived  N=1.96 X 1.96 Pq/L2

Results: In present study 54% of the families were of nuclear type and majority of families belonged to Socio-economic class-5 (63.66%), 60% mothers were illiterate. 37% children showed malnutrition as per IAP classification and 59.66% showed stunting while 53% children showed malnutrition as per mid arm circumference measurements.

Conclusion: Proportion of boys who are stunted is more as compared to girls, showing some sort of gender bias. Secondly proportion of children who are stunted is more in lower socioeconomic class and in illiterate mother.


Malnutrition, stunting, mid arm circumference, literacy.

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