Food security and anthropometric failure among tribal children in Bankura, West Bengal
ABSTRACT We conducted a cross-sectional study among 188 tribal children aged 6–59 months using two-stage sampling in Bankura-I Block
of Bankura district, West Bengal, India, to assess their nutritional status and its relation with household food security.
Weight and height/length were measured and analyzed as per new WHO Growth Standards. Mothers of the study children were interviewed
to obtain relevant information. Prevalence of Composite Index of Anthropometric Failure was 69.1% and multiple anthropometric
failures were more likely among tribal children aged 24-59 months with irregular utilization of supplementary nutrition and
from households with severe grades of food security.
Key wordsAnthropometric failure–Children–Household food security–India–Tribal