Study of health and its awareness in late adolescents

Kapadia, Vishal (2003) Study of health and its awareness in late adolescents. In: 28th Annual Conference Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Gujrat State Branch, 15-16 Feb 2003, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

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Abstract

This is a cross sectional study of 300 adolescents by personal interview. They were asked 20 questions and their weight & height measured. AIMS: *To study adolescent nutrition : 1. Over weight 2. Under weight *To assess common medical problems and vices / addiction *To assess their knowledge regarding AIDS, safe sex and to know from where they got this information *Compare above 3 parameters in Educated - Under educated, Medical - nonmedical groups CONCLUSION: *60% adolescents are having some nutritional disorder.Thus it is highly prevalent but not yet recognized. *70% adolescent females are not reaching UNICEF Std. *Underweight (38% in total) more prevalent in poor S/E class (68%) & major factors being girl child, poor diet, dieting *Overweight (22% in total) more prevalent in affluent class major factors being lack of daily exercise, excess of junkfood & TV / Computer watching in excess. *55% adolescents have no idea regarding today’s modern pandemic AIDS.

EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:This paper was awarded first prize at 28th annual conference, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Gujarat State Branch. This study touches one of the least discussed but most important and most cost effective approach to modern health care: adolescent health and awareness. Simple interventions in this age group can change dramatically the health parameters like IMR, MMR, obesity, pre-term babies etc. These are the ones we are fighting to reduce for so long. This study was praised for its simplicity, and effort to raise an issue of preventive pediatrics, which is the real need of our society in, so called present era of intensive care.
Uncontrolled Keywords:AIDS, Adolescence, Health, Nutritional Disorders, UNICEF, Overweight, Underweight
Subjects:Persons > Age Groups
Population Characteristics > Health
Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases > Nutrition Disorders > Overnutrition
Environment and Public Health > Public Health
Population Characteristics > Socioeconomic Factors
Social Sciences > Sociology
Persons > Vulnerable Populations
Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases > Nutrition Disorders > Malnutrition
ID Code:93
Deposited By:DR VISHAL KAPADIA
Deposited On:27 June 2005

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