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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 150-154

Screening of nutritional status of male undergraduates in Kolkata using anthropometric indices

1 Lecturer, Department of Physiology, Vidyasagar Collge for Women, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
2 Department of Integrated Medical Care, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland

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Pallav Sengupta
Department of Physiology, Vidyasagar College for Women, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.144320

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Context and Aims: Anthropometric measurements can easily reflect the nutritional status of an individual. The purpose of this study is to investigate the magnitude of obesity and undernutrition based on body mass index (BMI) and direct, derived anthropometric variables, among college students of Kolkata. Subjects and Methods: Anthropometry is generally considered as the single most easily obtainable, inexpensive, and non-invasive method that reflects body composition. A total of 100 male students aged 18-22 years of different undergraduate colleges of Kolkata have participated in this study. Anthropometric profiles (a total of 24 direct and derived variables) including weight, height, waist, and hip circumferences were measured. Results: Results showed 14.68% of the studied population are underweight, 9.25% are overweight, and 0.89% is obese, as per BMI. The present report showed higher prevalence of normal BMI (75.16%) in male college students, whereas obesity was almost found to absent among participants. Conclusion: The findings of the present report indicated occurrence of almost normal nutritional status among male undergraduates of Kolkata based on BMI and anthropometric indices

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