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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 145-150

Prevalence and disparity of malnutrition among elderly: A cross-sectional study


1 Professor, Department of Statistics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh, India
2 Graduate Student, Department of Statistics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh, India
3 Professor, Department of Mathematics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh, India
4 Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Bangabandu Sheik Mujubur Rahman Science and Technology University, Gopalgonj, Bangladesh, India
5 Assistant Professor, Medicine, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet, Bangladesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Md Taj Uddin
Professor, Department of Statistics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jiag.jiag_12_20

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Objective: This study attempts to assess the prevalence and disparity of the nutritional status of the elderly with their socioeconomic characteristics. Materials and Methods: A total of four hundred elderly in Sunamgonj district of Bangladesh have been interviewed through a structured questionnaire from July to September 2019. Descriptive statistical tools and mini nutrition assessment short Form, t-test, and F-test have been applied for data analysis. Results: The analysis reveals that 40% of elderly suffer from malnutrition, 59% are at risk of malnutrition, and 1% are normal nutrition. The findings show that the nutrition status of elderly is significantly varied with their occupation, place of residence, marital status, religion, age, family type, living arrangement, take care, and sleeping disorder. It is observed that more proportion of the elderly is at risk of malnutrition. Conclusion: Therefore, measures should be taken to improve the nutrition status of the elderly.


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