The Thesis is an account of a Nutrition Survey
carried out on all the children attending public element
schools in a town in the North East of England:
together with an analysis of special data collected
from various groups of children, including 400 who were
found to be suffering from malnutrition.
The Survey was carried out during 1940 and 1941.
All of the children were examined personally by the
writer. The aim of the investigation - which was
conducted in two parts, - was, in the first place, the
assessing and recording of the nutrition grades of the
children: and, secondly, enquiry into the causes of
the defective nutritional state of each of the children
who had been placed in the lower nutritional grades.
In addition to the Nutrition Survey, various
other matters connected with the nutrition of children
were investigated. The particular interest of the
work lies in the fact that she enquiry covered the
whole of the school children in the district, the
population of which is well over 30,000 and which, by
reason of its geographical position and its industries
has led an almost self-contained existence, with very
little of that to and fro movement of the population
which has been characteristic of many industrial
areas since the onset of the depression.
The scope of the work undertaken, with its
numerous subdivisions, made it more satisfactory to
deal with each subject separately, and to include at
convenient points in the text, reference to the views
and findings of other observers as well as a discussion
of the implications of my own figures.