Determinants of Malnutrition among Children in India

By:
Dr Dharmalingam Arunachalam,
Alesan Thangasamy
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Child malnutrition has several social, economic and health consequences for the individuals, families and countries. In particular, malnutrition has a direct and strong connection with the incidence and spread of infectious diseases. In this paper we use data from the National Family Health Survey-II to first describe the patterns of malnutrition among children aged under three years in 15 major states of India. We then examine the major determinants of malnutrition. Our analysis will be guided by the theoretical framework on the causes of malnutrition developed by the UNICEF in 1990. The analysis will be carried out for each of the 15 major states. We will employ multilevel logistic regression models to analyse the causal relationships for India as a whole. Multilevel models are more appropriate for the complex sample design and also to estimate the variation in estimated parameters. The findings from this study will have direct policy implications


Keywords: Child Malnutrition, India.
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Dharmalingam Arunachalam

Senior Lecturer, Department of Societies and Cultures
University of Waikato, University of Waikato

New Zealand

REsearch specialisation includes demography, family, health and children in India and New Zealand.

Alesan Thangasamy

Reader in Economics, Kamaraj College (M.S.University)
India


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