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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 10, Issue 2, March 2014 pp 220-222
Height and Weight of Children from Higher Socioeconomic Strata in Western Maharashtra
A. D. Patil1, S. A. Rokade2, S. R. Pandhare3
1Associate Professor, 2,3Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomy, B. J. Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.
Growth, an important indicator of health and well being of a child is affected by a various factors like infections, infestations, malnutrition and economical constraints along with genetic and racial factors. The growth of the children free from these factors can be used as an indicator of optimum growth to be achieved by a child. Hence the present study was aimed to study the growth of the children free from these constraints. A total of 922 children in age group 3-10 years were selected randomly from various convent schools in Pune. Their higher socioeconomic strata were confirmed by taking history. The age of subject confirmed from school records. Height and weight were measured twice by standard anthropometric techniques and mean was taken. The statistical analysis was done. The height and weight of boys and girls increases with advancing age. The mean height of both boys and girls in our study is comparable with NCHS study Mean weight of both boys and girls studied is low compared to NCHS study. The mean height of boys and girls go hand in hand in all the age groups studied. The mean weight of boys and girls go hand in hand till six years of age. Thereafter the girls gain more weight than boys.