International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 2, Issue 3, Part A (2019)
A study to assess the nutritional status of women in slums of Amritsar city (Punjab), India
Author(s): Dr. Pooja Sadana, Dr. Kanwal Preet Kaur Gill and Dr. Priyanka Devgun
Introduction: Health of the urban poor is considerably worse off than the urban middle and high income groups. Women in the slums are worst affected. Hence the current study was conducted to assess the nutritional status of women in slums of Amritsar.
Materials and Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a slum of Amritsar city. A sample of 200 married women in the reproductive age were studied by using pre-designed, pre-tested proforma. Body Mass Index was used to assess the nutritional status of women. Nutritional status in relation to various socio-demographic characteristics was also studied. The data was compiled and analyzed by using SPSS 17.0 version for windows.
Results: It was observed that 67.6% women were having normal nutritional status while 11.1% of them were overweight and 21.3% were suffering from chronic energy deficiency. Literacy and socioeconomic status were found to be significant factors affecting nutritional status of women in slums.
Conclusion: Literacy status and socioeconomic status of women needs to be addressed to improve the nutritional status of women in slums.
Dr. Pooja Sadana, Dr. Kanwal Preet Kaur Gill, Dr. Priyanka Devgun. A study to assess the nutritional status of women in slums of Amritsar city (Punjab), India. Int J Adv Community Med 2019;2(3):21-23. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2019.v2.i3a.78