Nutritional profile of tribal pre-school children (3-5 years) of Rayagarda district of Odisha
Jhulan Rani Behera, Dr. Chandrashree Lenka
The objectives of the present study were to assess the dietary pattern and nutritional profile of tribal pre-school children (3-5 year) of Rayagada District of Odisha. One hundred children belonged to sabar and kandha communities were selected by random purposive sampling method for the present study. The results of the study revealed that majority of the parents were working as agricultural laborers having low socio-economic condition. Rice was their staple food. Different locally grown pulses, vegetable & seasonal fruits etc. were consumed by the respondents according to availability. Egg consumption was found to be more in comparison to other non-vegetarian foods because of Anganwadi supply. Mean height, weight and mid arm circumference was found to be less than ICMR and Wolanski standard irrespective of sex. 46% children were found to be mildly malnourished. Thus steps should be taken to create awareness among parents regarding child care, nutrition, immunization, hygiene practice etc. to improve health status of the children.