Nutritional Status of Primary School Children with Mid-day Meal Program

  • Md Mushfiqur Rahman National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine
Keywords: Nutrition, Mid-day Meal, Primary School Children, Anthropometric, Underweight, Stunted


This study was conducted with the objective to determine the nutritional status of primary school children with mid-day meal program. It was a cross sectional study conducted in 05 primary schools with mid-day meal program of Sundarganj upazila of Gaibandha district from January 01 to December 31, 2017. The total 357 primary school children of class IV and class V were selected by systematic sampling technique. A semi structured questionnaire was used to collect data from the school children of mid-day meal program schools. The anthropometric measurements such as weight, height and MUAC were measured for each children individually. Then weight and height were used to calculate Z score to interpret nutritional status. The mean age of children was 10.83±1.03 years. The mean weight and mean height of children was 32.40± 7.21 kg and 141.22±8.52 cm respectively and the mean MUAC was 19.65±2.31 cm. It was revealed that 91.3% children were normal by Height for Age (HAZ) and 89.1% were normal by Weight for Age (WAZ) and the remaining children were stunted and underweight respectively. Socioeconomic status, dietary habit, physical activity and anthelminthic use by the child were found to be determinants of their nutritional status.


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How to Cite
Rahman, M. (2021). Nutritional Status of Primary School Children with Mid-day Meal Program. Proceedings of the International Conference on Public Health, 6(1), 32-36.