Background: This study’s objective was to assess the anthropometric measurement, biochemical, clinical and dietary assessment from the selected tribal adult women.
Methodology: Study was conducted in Yercaud hills of Salem district, Tamil Nadu. Sample of 100 tribal adult women belonging to the age group of 20 to 40 years were selected for the collection of data regarding Anthropometric measurements like height, weight and Body Mass Index was calculated for the selected subjects. 24-hour dietary recall method was used to assess the dietary intake of the subjects, life style pattern and nutritional knowledge was assessed by direct interview and questionnaire method.
Results: Mean height and weight were compared with standard values and found that height was below the standard values of NCHS (2010) and weight was normal. BMI of the subjects found that, 43 percent of the subjects had normal BMI and 30 percent of subjects had BMI of 18.5-24.9; and BMI of from 25-29.9 were of 18 percent & 9 percent of subjects had BMI of more than 30 indicated obesity. The respondents mean height was 158 cm and the mean weight was 52kg. Cereals and pulses were consumed daily and green leafy vegetables consumed regularly. Consumption of fruits and milk were poor. Food intake was less than ICMR suggested RDA and nutrient intake was found to be inadequate in energy, protein, fat, iron, calcium, and vitamins.
Conclusion: Tribal adult women of Yercaud hills had poor knowledge on nutrition and health.