Wealth is not a major determinant of adequate feeding of children, and does not seem to determine whether or not children in the 6-8 month age group are offered complementary solid or semi-solid food or more balanced diets from more food groups, though information on nutrition seems to play a significant role. This finding emphasizes the need to counsel and educate mothers about children’s nutritional needs and appropriate feeding practices in accordance with the Indian National Guidelines. Although wealth was found to be an important factor among older children (9-18 months), nutrition information was still a significant determinant for this age group.
If information about feeding children is the key obstacle to improving nutrition, then there is hope; it will be easier to resolve the problem of scarce information than to resolve the problem of acute poverty.
Among the causes of child malnutrition in India researchers and policymakers consider poverty and inadequate access to food to be the main reasons: my initial results were consistent with earlier conclusions till I started looking into the food infants were receiving: frequency of feeds, food groups in the wealthiest families. Once I included information on nutritional knowledge provided by Anganwadi health workers to mothers - the results changed drastically and this papers is a result of that. Dr. Nisha Malhotra, PhD
Public Health Nutr 2013 Oct 3;16(10):1723-31. Epub 2012 Sep 3.
Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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