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Prevalence of Low Calorie Intake by Rural Families in Palpa District of Nepal

  • Madhusudhan Ghimire Lumbini Medical College
  • Maushami Ghimire Lumbini Medical College


Background: Healthy population is indispensable for national development. Adequate food intake by people is the key determinant to keep up their health. Malnutrition nevertheless remains pervasive in developing countries, undermining people’s health, productivity, and often their survival. Food insecurity and hunger remain persistent in Nepal. Prevalence of low calories intake by rural family is widespread throughout the country population. Mainly marginalized communities, ethnic group with poor economic status, traditional societies and lower cast people are exposed to food defi cit. Objective: to investigate the prevalence of low calories intake by rural families and its associated determinants in Palpa district. Materials and methods: The cross-sectional study was designed to achieve objective of the research. A random sample of 339 families was selected from rural areas (DUMRE, DAMKADA, GORKHEKOT and TELGHA villages) of this district. Data were analyzed by using the SPSS software for Windows (version 16.0). Results: The existence of inadequate food calorie intake among rural families was most common. Most of them were malnourished. Conclusion: low calorie intake by ethnic group was considerably higher than other groups in community.
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GHIMIRE, Madhusudhan; GHIMIRE, Maushami. Prevalence of Low Calorie Intake by Rural Families in Palpa District of Nepal. Journal of Lumbini Medical College, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 60-63, dec. 2013. ISSN 2542-2618. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2017.