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Diets, Malnutrition, and DiseaseThe Indian Experience$
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Raghav Gaiha, Raghbendra Jha, and Vani S Kulkarni

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099215.001.0001

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Child Undernutrition in India

Child Undernutrition in India

(p.142) 7 Child Undernutrition in India
Diets, Malnutrition, and Disease
Raghav Gaiha, Raghbendra Jha, Vani S. Kulkarni
Oxford University Press

Different anthropometric dimensions of child undernutrition/malnutrition (stunting, wasting and underweight) are typically analysed separately while children suffering from more than one anthropometric failure are more susceptible to infectious diseases (for example, diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection). A composite index of anthropometric failure is constructed, and its determinants are analysed. Multiple anthropometric failures are also found to be linked to infectious diseases.

Keywords:   anthropometric failures, composite index, child malnutrition, child undernutrition

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