A Study on Nutritional Status and the Prevalence of Undernutrition among the Hmar Girls (4 To 12 Years) of Churachandpur District, Manipur

The present study was carried among 360 Hmar girls of 4 to 12 years of Churachandpur district, Manipur in order to assess the nutritional status and the prevalence of undernutrition among them. In each selected village an attempt was made to include in the sample, all those children who were willing to co-operate in order to get enough sample size. Anthropometric measures were obtained according to standard techniques. The age-sex specific L, M and reference values were used to calculate height-for-age, weight-for age, and weight for height Z-score. The girls with Z-scores -2 to -3 were classified as stunting, underweight and wasting. Similarly, the girls with Z-score less than -3 were classified from severely stunted, severely underweight, and severely wasted. The results of the present study revealed to have 59.45% healthy respondents and 40.55% undernourished respondents. The study shows that there are 10.0% stunting, 10.85% underweight and 8.61% wasting. The present study also reveals that about 3.88%, 3.88% and 3.33% were severely stunted, severely underweight and severely wasted respectively.