relationship between nutritional status and academic achievement of lambani school children

Research Article
Naik SR, Itagi SK and Patil M
Anthropometric measurements (height and weight), nutritional status and academic achievement.

A study on the nutritional status and academic achievement of 135 Lambani school children was conducted at Hoovinahadagali taluk, Bellary district during 2012-13. All the children of 9-11 years of age studying in 4th and 5th standards were selected from 5 government primary schools. The nutritional status was assessed by using anthropometric measurements (height and weight), academic achievement interms of previous year grades. The results revealed that there were highly significant differences found in mean height and weight of children with respect to their NCHS norm values in both groups by age and gender. About 40 per cent of children had normal nutritional status while 60 per cent of children indicated short, long or chronic type of malnutrition. With respect to academic achievement It was interesting to note that 37.03 per cent children secured B grade followed by A (28.14%), B+ (16.29%), C (11.85%) and lastly A+ (6.7%) grade. It was observed that 2.22 per cent secured A+ grade in younger age group while exactly double (4.44%) in older age group. In B+ achievers 5.18 per cent belonged to 9 year age group while 11.11 per cent 10 year of age group. There was positive and highly significant difference found between nutritional status with academic achievement, Hence increase in the nutritional status of children inturn the academic achievement.