• Corpus ID: 79760518

Malnutrition: a South Asian enigma.

  title={Malnutrition: a South Asian enigma.},
  author={Ramalingaswami and Urban Jonsson and Jon Eliot Rohde},
Half of the worlds malnourished children reside in three South Asian countries: Bangladesh India and Pakistan. Although over 50% of South Asian children are underweight compared to 30% in Africa the problem of child malnutrition continues to be associated with sub-Saharan Africa. Key among the factors underlying the higher prevalence of malnutrition in South Asia than in Africa are low birth weight poor household hygiene maternal health problems that jeopardize successful breast feeding early… 
The role of complementary feeding in India’s enigma of high child malnutrition rates: Findings from a comprehensive national study
Examination of infant and young child feeding practices in India concluded that feeding children between 6 and 23 months old (semi)solid food of sufficient variety, and particularly animal-source foods, has a significant positive effect on their nutritional outcomes.
The Asian enigma: predisposition for low adult BMI among people of South Asian descent
  • M. Nubé
  • Medicine
    Public Health Nutrition
  • 2009
It is hypothesized that there exists among adults of South Asian descent an ethnic predisposition for a low BMI, and other factors that may contribute to high levels of undernutrition in South Asia are discrimination of women and a poor dietary quality of poor households’ food composition pattern.
Stunted Too Early: Analysis of the Cambodia and Kenya 2014 Demographic and Health Survey Data
Children’s characteristics, household wealth and maternal underweight were more important in predicting stunting in these children under two years of age than factors related to gender inequality.
Gender and adult undernutrition in developing countries
The finding that in South/Southeast Asia women's nutritionalstatus relative to men's nutritional status compares unfavourably with results from other developing regions, in particular Sub-Saharan Africa, provides some support for the concept of female deprivation in South-South Asia.
Nutrition in Bhutan : situational analysis and policy recommendations
The report conclusions highlight four major public nutrition problem areas, and to focus government actions, suggests five priorities from the sector-specific recommendations because they are considered most feasible and would lead to immediate gains in reducing undernutrition gains that could then draw attention and support to the problem of undernutrition in Bhutan.
Choice not genes: Probable cause for the India-Africa child height gap
I n his article, " Does India Really Suffer from Worse Child Malnutrition Than Sub-Saharan Africa? " , Arvind Pana-gariya makes an impassioned case against accepting traditional measures that
Women's Empowerment and Domestic Violence: The Role of Sociocultural Determinants in Maternal and Child Undernutrition in Tribal and Rural Communities in South India
In addition to the known investments needed to reduce malnutrition, improving women's nutrition, promoting gender equality, empowering women, and ending violence against women could further reduce the prevalence of malnutrition in this segment of the Indian population.
Nutrition and child survival in India
Appropriate convergence and synergy between health and nutrition functionaries can play a major role in early detection and effective management of both undernutrition and infections, accelerate the pace of reduction in both under malnutrition and under five mortality and enable India to reach Millennium Development Goals.
Undernutrition & risk of infections in preschool children.
Comparison of the RR for infections in undernourished children showed that the relative risk of morbidity due to infections was higher and more consistently seen in children with low BMI and wasting as compared to stunting or underweight.
Factors Associated with Stunting in Children under Age 2 in the Cambodia and Kenya 2014 Demographic and Health Surveys
Children’s characteristics were more important in predicting stunting than factors related to mothers households or gender, and in both countries there was general lack of a strong and significant relationship between gender inequality and child stunting.