Background: The deprivation to women starts from birth in Bangladesh. The socioeconomic, health and nutritional status of women depict gloomy pictures throughout their life. Objective: The purpose of the study was to assess the nutritional status of the women dwelling in selected urban slum in Dhaka city. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among female aged between 19 to 45years living in South Monipur slum area of Dhaka city. The study was conducted from April 2012 to June 2012. About 95 samples were selected purposively to conduct this study. Results: The mean age of the respondents was 29.32years. It also found that majority of the women (87.37%) were married, 10.53% were separated and 2.11% were divorced. The mean income of the study subjects was 2132.63 Tk. Result showed that mean height of respondents was 152.01±3.29 cm and mean weight was 48.23±4.28kg. Result found that 13.68% respondents were underweight, 82.11% were normal and 4.21% respondents were overweight. Conclusion: The findings of this cross-sectional study presented a gloomy picture of the slum women which might reflect the picture of the women in Bangladesh as a whole. So, a longitudinal study on a large scale including all the variables related to nutritional status of the women is desirable for gaining further insight.
Haque, M. M. (2014). Nutritional Status of Women Dwelling in Urban Slum Area. Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Engineering, 1(3). https://doi.org/10.15406/jnhfe.2014.01.00014