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Background: In India, children and adolescent are suffering from nutrition related problems, which obstruct their growth and development. The total population of tribal community in India is 8.08%. They are most deprived group. They have mass poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition and conventional health problems.

Methodology: The present cross sectional study was conducted in a total of 446 individuals consisting of 207 boys and 239 girls of 5-17 years age. They were recruited for assessment of Nutritional status by z-score of weight for age, height for age and weight for height based on anthropometric measurements.

Result: The findings of this study revealed that there were undernutrition, as more than one third (35.9%) Bharia boys and girls were underweight, almost equal proportion were stunted (31%) and a total of 19.0% were wasted.

Conclusion: Comparison of present finding with other tribal children of India, indicates that the nutritional status of Bharia children is comparatively better than other tribes, but at the same time, they are lagging behind from international standards of WHO. Elimination of poverty and illiteracy as well as quality eeducation to tribal children will certainly change the scenario.

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