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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 6, Issue 2, March 2013 pp 89-93

Research Article

A Comparative Study of Physical Growth in Urban and Rural School Children from 5 to 13 Years of Age


Sunil M Kolekar1*, Sunita U Sawant2

{1Associate Professor of Physiology, 2Associate Professor of Anatomy} ASRAM Medical College

Eluru, West Godavari Dist., Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



A cross-sectional study was conducted to compare the physical growth amongst healthy school children from the urban and rural areas of Sangli district, Maharashtra, India. A total of 2300 school children were taken for study, out of which 1390 were urban school children and 910 were rural school children. The anthropometric measurements like   height and weight were taken. Height and weight of urban school children were statistically (p<0.05) higher than those of rural school children. This was due to differences in nutritional and socio-economic environment in urban and rural areas. This was also due to better understanding of nutritional requirements, availability of different foods, and prevention and treatment of recurrent diseases, state of hygiene and parental literacy in urban areas as compared to rural areas.