Introduction: Malnutrition is prevalent in
India especially the diseases of over nutrition causing
overweight and obesity has gained a remarkable stand.
Childhood obesity represents a serious public health
problem affecting the reproductive system in adulthood.
Objectives: The present cross sectional study was carried
out in the secondary schools of Kolkata, West Bengal, to
assess the food choice and eating practice of female
school children and determine its impact on health in
terms of being overweight and obesity.Result &
Discussion: The study population was 250 school
children.The BMI percentile was calculated to assess the
health status.Conclusion: The
correlation coefficient shows negative relation between
knowledge and attitude with the eating practices, which
is the major determinant for the high prevalence of
overweight and obesity among children.
Keywords : Dietary Practices, Female school children, Overweight, Obesity, Lifestyle Disorders, Kolkata