Comparative Study

| Published: March 25, 2016

Health and Nutritional Status of Orphan Children’s Living in Orphanages with Special Reference to District Anantnag of Jammu and Kashmir

Mashkoor Ahmad Lone

Ph D Research Scholar (Sociology) Annamalai university Tamil Nadu Google Scholar More about the auther

, Dr. P. Ganesan

Assistant Professor Department of sociology Annamalai university Tamil Nadu Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.191/20160302

DOI: 10.25215/0302.191


The practice of placing deprived children having least or no emotional and material resources, in orphanages has since long been prevailing in socio -economically poor Asian countries. A sample of 30 children residing in orphanage in district Anantnag in the age group of 13-18 years was selected for the present study. Most of the children were found socially and psychologically disturbed. As per Indian Academy Paediatrics (IAP) classification with respect to weight for age the condition was not bad that as approximately 67% percent of the children were found to be normal. In the same way height for age as per Waterloo’s classification shown that more than half of the children were normal. On clinical examination approximately 47% of children were normal, while as rest were suffering from dispigmentation of hair, moon face, xerosis of skin cheilosis, magenta tongue, spongy bleeding gums, oedema, conjuctival xerosis, and mottled dental enamel. The findings indicated that nutritional intake was deficient for all nutrients when compared to, Recommended Daily Allowances Chart (RDA) for all age groups which may be linked to poor planning of menus in orphanages.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.191/20160302

DOI: 10.25215/0302.191

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Published in   Volume 03, Issue 2, January-March, 2016

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