Malnutrition among under-five children in India and strategies for control

Sahu, Swaroop Kumar and *, Ganesh Kumar S and Bhat, Vishnu B and *, Premarajan K. C. and Sarkar, Sonali and Roy, Gautam and Joseph, Nitin (2015) Malnutrition among under-five children in India and strategies for control. Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, 6 (1). pp. 18-23. ISSN 0976-9668

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Malnutrition among under-fi ve children is an important concern for the health authorities in India. The aim of the present review was to assess the burden of under-nutrition and over-nutrition, its determinants and strategies required to tackle malnutrition among under-fi ve children in India. Recent data were collected from Google search, Medline, and others. The information retrieved was reviewed and analyzed for discrepancies. Existing evidence shows that the prevalence of under-nutrition among under-fi ve children was high and varied widely (under-weight: 39-75%, stunting: 15.4-74%, wasting: 10.6-42.3%) depending on the assessment methodology adopted. Studies on assessment of over-nutrition status among under-fi ve children were limited. Distribution of various types of risk factors and its infl uence on nutrition status of children in a given set up should be analyzed for planning the control measures. Strengthening public health interventions for mild malnutrition cases and vulnerable groups, effective implementation and evaluation of the strategies at regional level, research on overweight, obesity and its etiological factors and steps for improving socioeconomic development are the prerequisites for tackling malnutrition among under-fi ve children in India.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malnutrition, strategies, under-fi ve children, India
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 11:05
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 11:05

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