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Malnourishment among Children in India: A Regional Analysis
Authors: K R G Nair
Source: Economic and Political Weekly, VOL 42 No. 37 September 15 - September 21, 2007
Topic(s): Child health
Nutrition
Country: Asia
  India
Published: SEP 2007
Abstract: This paper analyses inter-state differentials in malnourishment among children in India on the basis of the National Family Health Survey, 1992-93, 1998-99 and 2005-06. It brings out the prevalence of widespread disparities and indicates that these differentials are increasing over time. The study clearly reveals that such differentials do not always vary with the extent of poverty prevalent among the people of the state. Also the higher the age at which women have their first child and the earlier the start of breast feeding of newborn children, the less is the prevalence of child malnourishment. It finds the Integrated Child Development Services suited to tackle these aspects and makes a plea to extend it and make it more oriented towards reducing child malnourishment.