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Scirj Volume VIII, Issue XII, December 2020 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Physical activity level and burden of malnutrition among farmers of selected agroecological zone of Bangladesh

Tasnima Mahjabin, Ahmed Jubayer, Kazi Abul Kalam, Elora Parvin, Md. Shamsuzzoha, Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Md. Hafizul Islam

Abstract: Agricultural productivity is largely dependent on nutritional status of farmers who are the central of agricultural development. This study aimed to assess prevalence and predictors of different forms of malnutrition and physical activity level (PAL) among farmers of selected agroecological zone of Bangladesh. The study was conducted in two subdistricts of 8th agroecological zone of Bangladesh. 360 households were selected randomly and printed version of questionnaire was used to record necessary information. Nutritional status was assessed by calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) and physical activity level was measured based on self-reported information. Anthropometric information was collected for 357 farmers. Mean age, weight and height was 52±12 years, 58.45±10kg and 161.76±5.89cm respectively. About one-third (34.7%) of study participants were identified as overweight, 12.9% as underweight and 6.7% farmers were obese. Prevalence of overweight and obesity was higher among younger farmers (<49years). Odds of being overweight was 3.54times higher at Singair (AOR:3.54, p<0.0001) as compared to farmers of Sreepur upazila. Other covariates for overweight were young farmer (AOR: 2.31, p=0.008) and illiterate farmers (AOR:0.49, p=0.027). Mean PAL value and total energy expenditure was 2.2±0.05 and 3641.77±56 kcal respectively. Quite similarities were observed between farmers of two residential area although proportion of farmers with excessive physical activity was higher at Sreepur. Burden of overnutrition and physical activity level was correspondingly high among farmers with poor dietary diversity and low level of education. Appropriate intervention strategies fostering proper access to health information and health education for famers may be needed.

Reference this Paper: Physical activity level and burden of malnutrition among farmers of selected agroecological zone of Bangladesh by Tasnima Mahjabin, Ahmed Jubayer, Kazi Abul Kalam, Elora Parvin, Md. Shamsuzzoha, Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Md. Hafizul Islam published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VIII, Issue XII, December 2020 Edition, Page 75-83 ".

Search Terms: Agroecological zone, malnutrition, physical activity, farmers, Bangladesh

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