Study on Association between socio-demographic characteristics and nutritional status of adolescents of rural Bangladesh


Ishrat Jahan1 , Monowar Ahmad Tarafdar2 , Md. Shamim Ahsan3


A cross-sectional study was carried out to assess relationship between socio-demographic factors and nutritional status of adolescent of the rural areas. Respondents were from selected villages of Tangail district with a sample size of 108 using an interviewer administered semi- structured questionnaire employing purposive sampling method. Nutritional statuses of the respondents were measured by Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI of the respondents were calculated on the basis of the height and weight of the respondents. Majority of the respondents (63.9%) were under weight on the basis of BMI and were associated with family monthly income, father’s occupation, and house type where the respondents live. On the other hand, health and nutritional status which is calculated by Body Mass Index is associated to sex of the respondents, family monthly income and respondent’s education level.

Keywords: Socio-demographic Factors, Nutrition, Body Mass Index (BMI).

  1. Lt. Colonel, Medical Officer

    CMH, Dhaka

  2. Professor

    Department of Community Medicine, Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  3. Colonel, Assistant Director

    Medical Services, Rangpur Cantonment

Volume 3, Number 1, January 2021
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