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Public Health | Persisting Undernutrition in India - Causes, Consequences and Possible Solutions

Persisting Undernutrition in India

Causes, Consequences and Possible Solutions

Ramachandran, Nira

2014, XXV, 241 p. 41 illus.

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  • One of the few books on undernutrition in India
  • Addresses the causes and impacts of undernutrition in both child and adult populations
  • Looks at gender disparities in nutrition from both sides of the equation
The book revisits the causes of persisting undernutrition in India, but moves away from the usual focus on women and children to a broader view of the entire population. It estimates the economic losses resulting from ignoring undernutrition in the adult working population, and questions the current narrow focus of nutrition interventions, suggesting that a family-based approach may provide quicker results and long-term sustainability. It compares the best and worst performing states in the country to glean learnings from both successes and failures and emphasizes the need to hand over the ownership of nutrition outcomes from the state to the community and family for more sustainable results. The book is organized in three sections: Part 1 details the nutrition status of the population, regional variations in nutrition outcomes, and government response in terms of interventions. Part 2 reviews issues and concerns like gender discrimination, poor child nutrition status, ineffective implementation of government programmes in the field, and the possible impacts of emerging issues like climate change. Part 3 seeks solutions from both international and country experiences.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Adult undernutrition in India - Changing dietary patterns in India - Determinants of nutrition status - Family health approach to nutrition - Gender and undernutrition - ICDS and undernutrition - Nutrition and poverty - Regional disparities in nutrition - Undernutrition in India

Related subjects » Population Studies - Public Health - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

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