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

Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2013 pp 56-59

Research Article

Mid-Arm Circumference and Triceps Skin-Fold Thickness in Rural School Children

 Sunil M. Kolekar1, Sunita U. Sawant2

{1Associate Professor of Physiology} {2Associate Professor of Anatomy} Alluri Sitarama Raju Academy of Medical Sciences, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



The cross sectional study was carried out to study mid-arm circumference and triceps skin-fold thickness in rural school children of 5−13 years of age. Study was carried out at schools of Sangli district in Maharashtra, India. A total of 910 rural school children (500 boys and 410 girls) were taken for study. Girls had higher values of mid-arm circumference and triceps skin-fold thickness than those of boys of rural schools. There was no fixed Indian standard for mid-arm circumference, so the values in present study were compared with other worker’s study who had conducted their study significantly in well-nourished and affluent school children who did not have any constraints on growth imposed either by malnutrition or infection. Rural school children were found to have lower values of mid-arm circumference and triceps skin-fold thickness than well-fed, affluent school children and this might be attributed to better socio-economic status in the latter.