Nutritional Status of 1-5 Years Children of the Tea Workers in Sylhet Division
AbstractA cross-sectional community based study was conducted in four tea gardens of
Sylhet division to assess the nutritional status of 1 to 5 years children of tea workers.
Nutritional status was determined anthropometrically along with their socioeconomic
background and the nutritional status was compared with the data obtained
from national survey. Prevalence of wasting was 42.3% whereas that of stunting
and underweight was 80.2% and 73% respectively. All these parameters are significantly
higher than those obtained from national data (BDHS, 07). Though the
children are breast fed at much higher rate in comparison with Bengali children,
their mother’s educational status and body mass index are lower than that of Bengali
population. The nutritional status of children of tea workers are worse than that of
Key words: Tea workers; nutritional status.
Bangladesh Journal of Child Health 2010; Vol.34(1): 11-16