Growth and Nutritional Status of the Gond tribe of Chhattisgarh, India
Dr. Reeta Venugopal , Aniksha Varoda , Manju Sharma
Growth Status and Nutritional Status, Gond Tribe.
Objective - To assess the growth and nutritional status of the Gond children. Methods - A cross sectional study of the physical growth was conducted on 409 Gond children (194 boys and 215 girls), aged 12 to 17 years, in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. The study aimed to find out the growth pattern of the Gond children, which is considered to be a primitive tribe of Chhattisgarh, India and was compared with other Indian tribe and the official data of NCHS1987, CDC 2007-2010 & all India (ICMR 2010). Anthropometric measurements included height, weight, sitting height, and measurements of the biceps, triceps and subscapula, supraspinale and calf skinfolds. Results - All anthropometric measurements except skinfold thickenness exhibited uniform increase with age in both sexes. Gond boys showed higher anthropometric values than girls in height, weight and sitting height whereas in all the skinfolds measurements mean values of girls were higher as compared to boys. The Gond children showed lower mean values as compared to NCHS &CDC 2007-2010 where as height & weight were at par with ICMR 2010 and higher than Kamar tribe. Around 47% boys & 72% girls reported to be in various category of malnutrition.. Conclusion - Poor socio-economic status of this primitive tribe may be one of the reasons for this poor nutritional status & growth pattern as compared to NCHS 1987. However, further study can be conducted to get more insight
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 12

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