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Growth and Nutritional Status of Preschool Children in India: A Study of Two Recent Time Periods

Publisher: Food and Nutrition Bulletin

Although the term “malnutrition” refers to both under- and overnutrition, it is undernutrition which has dominated discussions on malnutrition in India.Numerous studies have documented a high incidence of undernourished children in India against international benchmarks. In fact, India has the highest percentage of undernourished children of all countries in the world. Preschool children, in particular, call for focused attention because this age group not only has special needs, but also forms the platform for growth and development of all children. Undernutrition among preschool children is the result of a complex interplay of diverse elements, such as birthweight, household access to food, availability and use of drinking water, sanitation, child and maternal care, etc.

Author(s): Premananda Bharati, Manoranjan Pal, Susmita Bharati, Suparna Som, Pronab Sen | Views(310) | Download (120)

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