NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH MID-DAY MEAL PROGRAM
Keywords:Mid-day meal, Primary school children, Nutrition, Anthropometric, Stunted, Underweight, School Health
This study was conducted to determine the nutritional status of primary school children
with the mid-day meal program. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 05 primary schools with
the mid-day meal program of Sundarganj Upazila of Gaibandha district from January 01 to
December 31, 2017. A total of 357 primary school children of class IV and class V were selected
using a 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 child individually. Then weight and height
were used to calculate the 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 were 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%
of 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. 78.8% of children
used anthelminthic drugs regularly and among them, 74.3% were normal in Weight for Age Z score.
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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