System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition


What We Ate Then and What We Eat Now: A Grandmother’s Tale

Publisher: Azim Premji University

Malnutrition levels in India remain a major public health challenge. According to the fourth round of the District Level Household Survey (DLHS-4, 2012-13), almost 30 percent of all children under the age of 5 are underweight in most states. This is a serious cause for concern for several reasons: low weight-for-age has been associated with a range of disadvantages, including a higher risk of dying due to several disease conditions among young children; changes in the autonomic nervous system; higher risk of hypertension and insulin resistance in adulthood; adverse impacts on brain development, cognitive ability and school achievement; and behavioural problems such as anxiety and hostility later in life. Despite policy and programmatic intervention aimed at enhancing overall availability of food, particularly for the poor and marginalized, data show that over a quarter of all children under 5 years are stunted and wasted, and almost a third underweight. In addition, anaemia in children under 5 years continues to be rampant. This case study looks at nutritional outcomes among a group that is not covered by national nutritional surveys: children in primary schools, in the age group 5-12 years. Children in this age group continue to be highly vulnerable to nutritional deficits, and their impact on their physical and mental growth can be critical to their leading a full and productive life.

Author(s): Suraj Parab, Nilanjan Bhor, Shreelata Seshadri, Latha N | Views(375) | Download (159)

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