Assessment of the Nutritional Status among the School-going Children aged 6-8 Years from Port Blair, South Andaman, India: A Cross-sectional Study

Regular nutritional monitoring is imperative specifically among the children for formulating more effective nutritional policies at the national level. Keeping this view, the present cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the nutritional status by using four commonly used anthropometric indicators: stunting (low height for age), wasting (low weight for height), underweight (low weight for age), and thinness (using body mass index-BMI) among 200 children between 6-8 years of age from Port Blair, South Andaman district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In conclusion, it can be said that the overall health condition of these children was better in comparison to other studies from India in recent years. Though the sample size is small but similar kinds of studies from other islands with more sample sizes are required for better understanding, evaluation, and implementation of more effective nutritional programs.