Food Consumption Patterns and Malnourished Indian Children: Is there a Link?
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 â€“ 3 over the period 1998 â€“ 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 â€“ 3. This suggests a possible link between declining food intake and poor nutritional outcomes of children during this period.
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