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A Factsheet on Women’s Malnutrition in India
Authors: Sunny Jose , K Navaneetham
Source: Economic and Political Weekly, VOL 43 No. 33 August 16 - August 22, 2008, pp. 61-67
Topic(s): Nutrition
Women's health
Country: Asia
Published: AUG 2008
Abstract: This paper analyses levels of women’s malnutrition in India over the seven years between 1998-99 and 2005-06, based on the National Family Health Survey. During a period of higher growth and a reasonable pace of reduction in poverty, malnutrition especially iron-deficiency anaemia has increased among women from disadvantaged social and economic groups. The adverse influence of maternal malnutrition extends beyond maternal mortality to causing intrauterine growth retardation, child malnutrition and an increasing prevalence of chronic diseases.