Subcutaneous Adiposity and Nutritional Status Among Children of Eastern-India

  • Sampriti Debnath University of North Bengal, P.O.: NBU, Dist.: Darjeeling-734013, West Bengal,
  • Nitish Mondal Assam University, Diphu Campus, P.O.: Diphu, Dist.: Karbi Anglong-782460, Assam
  • Jaydip Sen University of North Bengal, Raja Rammohunpur, Darjeeling-734013, West Bengal
Keywords: Anthropometry, Body Composition, Nutritional Assessment, Skinfold thickness, Sexual Dimorphism, Subcutaneous Adiposity

Abstract

Introduction: Skinfold thickness is now considered to be an important indicator of body composition and nutritional status. Assessment of subcutaneous adiposity is becoming very important due to increasing trend of overweight and obesity. The objectives of the present study were to determine age-sex specific subcutaneous adiposity using skinfold thicknesses and its use in assessment of nutritional status among children of Eastern-India.

Material and Methods: The investigation was carried out among 1262 children (619 boys; 643 girls) aged 5–12 years of Darjeeling district, West Bengal. Anthropometric measurements of skinfold thickness were recorded using standard procedures. Age-sex specific smooth percentile curves of skinfold thickness were derived using the L, M and S model.

Results: Sexual dimorphism was observed in TSF, SSF, SISF, PBF, Σ2SKF and Σ4SKF measurements between sexes in children (p<0.05). Age-sex specific mean values of skinfold thicknesses of TSF, SSF, SISF and PBF of girls were observed to be significantly higher than boys (p<0.05). The age-sex specific mean values of BSF, TSF, SSF, SISF, Σ4SKF and PBF did not show any age-specific trend in children. Comparison with the NHANES-III data showed poor attainment of subcutaneous adiposity and nutritional status.

Conclusion: Results of the present study showed the age-sex specific variations in subcutaneous adiposity pattern in children. The comparisons of skinfold thicknesses with references showed unsatisfactory nutritional status among children. These findings are important for future investigations in field, epidemiological and clinical settings.

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Author Biographies

Sampriti Debnath, University of North Bengal, P.O.: NBU, Dist.: Darjeeling-734013, West Bengal,
UGC-Junior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology
Nitish Mondal, Assam University, Diphu Campus, P.O.: Diphu, Dist.: Karbi Anglong-782460, Assam
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Jaydip Sen, University of North Bengal, Raja Rammohunpur, Darjeeling-734013, West Bengal
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Published
2018-11-19
How to Cite
Debnath, S., Mondal, N., & Sen, J. (2018). Subcutaneous Adiposity and Nutritional Status Among Children of Eastern-India. Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society, 38(1), 38-45. https://doi.org/10.3126/jnps.v38i1.18750
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