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Food Consumption Patterns and Malnourished Indian Children: Is there a Link?

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  • Pushkar Maitra
  • Anu Rammohan
  • Ranjan Ray
  • Marie-Claire Robitaille

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Despite its economic success, India has made little progress towards meeting its Millennium Development Goal targets of reducing undernourishment, particularly among children. Using nationally representative data, our analysis finds evidence of an improvement in the anthropometric measures of height-for-age, but a worsening in weight-for-height z-scores for children aged 0 – 3 over the period 1998 – 2006. There is also a worsening in both cereal consumption and calorie intake over this period, with some of the most noticeable declines taking place in households with children aged 0 – 3. This suggests a possible link between declining food intake and poor nutritional outcomes of children during this period.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 19-10.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2010-19

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Keywords: India; Weight-for-height; Height-for-age; calorie consumption; expenditure patterns;

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  1. Manley, James & Gitter, Seth & Slavchevska, Vanya, 2013. "How Effective are Cash Transfers at Improving Nutritional Status?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 133-155.
  2. Hebous, Sarah & Klonner, Stefan, 2014. "Economic Distress and Farmer Suicides in India: An Econometric Investigation," Working Papers 0565, University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics.

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