2020, VOL. 6 ISSUE 3, PART F
Objective: To study the impact of nutrition education and dietary counselling on the prevalence of anaemia among adolescent girls belonging to different socioeconomic background.
Methods: Total 100 respondents were selected from Samastipur district of Bihar aged 15 to 19 years and divided into three socio-economic groups i.e. lower class, middle class and upper class. Nutrition intervention and counselling was given to respondents in different sessions. Their Pre and post haemoglobin level was recorded.
Results: The study resulted that before nutrition education and dietary counselling around 39 per cent of girls were non anaemic and 61 per cent of adolescent girls were suffering from anaemia but after nutrition intervention and counselling it was observed that overall 66 per cent of adolescent girls had normal haemoglobin level. It was also observed that girls from lower class background were more anaemic as compared to middle class and upper class family.
Conclusion: In rural areas of Samastipur district of Bihar, adolescent girls were suffered from anaemia due to lower socio-economic background, poor nutrition education and dietary counselling. Proper nutrition intervention and counselling must address not only the problem of anaemia, but also in proper dietary habits and deficiencies of other micronutrients.