Assessement of anthropometric measurements and clinical survey of elderly in fishing communities
Author(s): Dr. C Kalapriya
Abstract: Nutritional anthropometry is concerned with the measurements of the variations of the physical dimensions and the gross composition of the human body at different age levels and degree of nutrition. A study was conducted to assess anthropometric measurements and clinical examination of the elderly in the fishing community. The body measurements selected for the present study were height, weight, Body mass Index and waist to hip ratio for all the subjects surveyed. The sample of the study comprised of 100 elderly men and women (50 Men and 50 women) of the fishing community in the age group of 51 to 70 years. All the samples of the fishermen community were examined for signs of deficiency diseases and general diseases. The results of the study reveal that the overall picture of the anthropometric measurements of the fishermen subjects indicated normal mean values of both Body mass index and Waist-hip ratio. The diets of the fishermen were deficient in all nutrients, and ultimately there is effect on the weight of the subjects. The clinical signs of the sample indicate that they are suffering from angular stomatitis, blurred vision, anemia, joint pains red and raw tongue.