Formerly International Journal of Basic and Applied Agricultural Research

Comparative evaluation of nutritional anthropometry and dietary recall methods for assessing the nutritional status of population

Pantnagar Journal of Research, Volume - 20, Issue - 3 ( September-December 2022)

Published: 2022-12-31

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Nutritional status is the balance between the intake of nutrients by an organism and the expenditure of these in growth, reproduction, and health maintenance. Nutritional anthropometry and dietary recall method were used to obtain information on the nutritional status of the people aged 18-65 years. The study was conducted in the month of March 2022 with the sample size of 266 adults. Information on age and gender was collected from the respondents. Stadiometer and weighing balance were used for measuring the height and weight of the subjects who were classified according to Asian BMI classification (WHO, 2000). To cross-check the data obtained from anthropometry, dietary intake of a representative sample of 28 women was collected using one day 24-hour dietary recall method. The average BMI for the total population was reported to be 23.9, indicating that the subjects fell in the category of overweight. The study of dietary intake of the selected respondents indicated that the intake of calories, protein, iron, calcium, and dietary fiber was below the recommended levels. In contrast, carbohydrate and fat intake were found to be above recommended daily nutrient intake. The results of the study indicate that on the basis of anthropometry, the nutritional status of the respondents emerges as overweight and the results of the dietary assessment show an imbalance in the nutritional intake. Thus, both nutritional assessment techniques are essential for evaluating the nutritional status of populations

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