Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 23, Issue 1, 2017; Page No.(198-201)

DIETARY PATTERN OF STONE-CUTTERS: A STUDY IN DAVANAGERE DISTRICT OF KARNATAKA STATE, INDIA

Ravi, Y., M.L. Revanna, Vijayalakshmi, D. and Usha Ravindra

Abstract

The present study aimed for assessing the dietary pattern of the stone cutters. The study was conducted at Davanagere district of Karnataka state. One hundred and twenty subjects of both genders were divided into male (n=60) and female (n=60) groups. A well-structured questionnaire was framed to gather the information on dietary pattern of the subjects was assessed by 24– hour diet recall method. Higher percentage of (71.67) and (78.33%) male and female subjects were tobacco chewers compared to alcoholics and smokers. The mean cereal intake of male stone cutters was 567g, pulses 44.6g, milk and milk products 91.53g, roots and tubers 57.13g, Green Leafy Vegetables (GLV) 20.66g, other vegetables 48.47g, fruits 18.46g, sugar 14.06g, and fat 31.73g which were below the RDA. The mean food intake of female stone cutters indicates that intake was pulses 48.53g, milk and milk products 85.07g, roots and tubers 48.87g, GLV 19.8g, other vegetables 53.13g, fruits 16.66g, sugar 13.2g, and fat 23.04g. Even these intake was below the RDA except cereals 516.7g. The results of ‘F’ test showed significant difference at 5 per cent level with respect to intake of cereals, pulses, milk and milk products, roots and tubers, GLV, other vegetables, sugar and fat among the both male and female subjects.

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