Swapan Banerjee, Sudhir Kumar, Rumpa Begum, Suparna Das, Pragya Sharma
Swapan Banerjee1*, Sudhir Kumar2, Rumpa Begum3, Suparna Das4, Pragya Sharma5
1Department of Nutrition, Seacom Skills University, Birbhum, West Bengal, India.
2Community Health Centre, Jharkhand Government, Baghmara, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India.
3Department of Home Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
4Department of Education, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
5Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi. India.
Volume - 12,
Issue - 2,
Year - 2021
Students, mainly girl students, are the future of our society. Hence, it's most important to look into the critical aspects like health, education, self-respect, and earning opportunity. Women and children are the vulnerable sections worldwide. Data shows that young adolescent girls, including college students, usually suffer from anemia, hair and skin issues, obesity or underweight issues, and more. Additionally, urban girls are also psychologically affected due to their perception of body image and overall improper nutritional status. Our study is a survey-oriented study where a simple random sampling method has been used. The survey was conducted in a district girls' college in West Bengal for two days in October 2018. Two dietitians, two nutrition subject experts, and one homeopathic doctor were present with the pre-tested semi-structured questionnaires format duly filled by each respondent. 110 interested girl students studying graduation participated in the primary health cum nutrition screening. BMI calculation through height and weight measurements, screening of nails, hair, skin, tongue, dietary habits, and basic nutrition knowledge assessments were made on the spot. Altogether, data was collected through the dichotomous questionnaires based on nutrition, personal health, and hygiene, followed by subjective opinions and perceptions of the participants' body image. SPSS version-16 was applied for statistical analysis. Twelve attributes were used in the dichotomous questionnaires that found 67% were overweight cum obese. The study revealed 12% anemic, 13% excess hair loss, 62% skin conditioning issues, 65.4% acne or pimples,65% menstruation issues, and 4.5% depression. The study analyzed all the personal attributes to assess their image perception and nutritional status as well. Image complexion is not always essential, but some participants expressed their feeling about their improper appearance. Above all, everyone accepted that proper nutrition is always a significant factor for good health.
Cite this article:
Swapan Banerjee, Sudhir Kumar, Rumpa Begum, Suparna Das, Pragya Sharma. A case study on the assessment of perception towards body image and nutritional status among girl students studying in a district college in West Bengal. Research Journal of Topical and Cosmetic Sciences. 2021; 12(2):67-8. doi: 10.52711/2321-5844.2021.00010
Swapan Banerjee, Sudhir Kumar, Rumpa Begum, Suparna Das, Pragya Sharma. A case study on the assessment of perception towards body image and nutritional status among girl students studying in a district college in West Bengal. Research Journal of Topical and Cosmetic Sciences. 2021; 12(2):67-8. doi: 10.52711/2321-5844.2021.00010 Available on: https://rjtcsonline.com/AbstractView.aspx?PID=2021-12-2-1
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