Nutritional Status of Grade 3 Pupils at Caloocan North Elementary School: Toward a Guide for Improvement
Malnutrition is a condition that results from eating a diet in which one or more nutrients are either not enough or excessive such that the diet causes health problems. It also results from a poor diet or a lack of food. It happens when the intake of nutrients or energy is extremely low or poorly balanced. Undernutrition can lead to delayed growth or wasting, while a diet with excess food but not necessarily a balanced meal leads to obesity. Malnutrition remains one of the largest problems that affect the academic performance of the students in the classroom and continues to have an impact on the physical, mental, and social growth of children. This research aimed to determine the nutritional status of Grade 3 students toward a guide for improvement. The study used to descriptive research design, which uses a checklist to collect data. The target of this research consisted of teachers from Caloocan North Elementary School. The sample involved 15 Grade 3 teachers. The findings indicated the cause of nutrition were students who eat innutritious food and lack access to healthy food. The effect of nutritional status was weak participation in class activities. Solutions that can minimize the nutritional status are conducting feeding programs. The researchers recommended the teachers encourage their students and stakeholders to attend every feeding program the school has provided regularly. The point of view of the parents regarding the importance of education is also important. Suggestions were also cited in the research to address the problem of poor nutrition. Students, parents, teachers, and the government should have more insight into the integration of nutritional status and how it is addressed by attending seminars, meetings, and health programs. Students need to become smart in choosing the right and healthy foods. School administrators and health officials should also conduct a mandatory deworming program. Parents should be encouraged by the school and government that the tablets for deworming are safe and effective for their children.