ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS AMONG POST GRADUATE STUDENTS IN TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL OF JHARKHAND
Kumari Asha Kiran, Manisha Kujur, Anju Prabha Kumari*, Santosh Kumar Soren and Vivek Kashyap
Objectives: Post graduate students, the future health frontiers ranging from periphery to the apex organization, are compressed with academic, clinical and emergency shifts along with their family responsibilities. So it was the felt need from Department of Community Medicine to assess the dietary and lifestyle habits among the Post Graduate students and to identify the determinants of malnutrition among the study population. Methodology: This cross sectional study was carried out among the Post Graduate medical students of RIMS, Ranchi for a period of three months. Total 60 students were enrolled in the study by systematic sampling technique. Data collection tool was STEPS questionnaire followed by anthropometric measurements. Data collected was entered in Ms Excel sheet and was analyzed using SPSS software, version 20. Result: The study participants were of age 26 to 33 years. Majority (88.3%) of the total study population belongs to nuclear family and 61.66% had urban residence. Less than a half (40%) of the participants had smoking habits. We found that 40% of the participants were suffering from malnutrition namely pre-obesity and consumption of junk food and lack of physical activities were the possible determinants.Conclusion: From our result we can conclude that participants are susceptible to non communicable diseases due to malnutrition. Awareness and motivation program to be organized at regular interval for balanced diet intake and life style modifications.
Keywords: Nutritional status, malnutrition, Post Graduate medical students.
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