Nutritional Deprivation at the Household Level in Rural India:Causes and Concerns
Keywords:Deprivation, RDA, Undernutrition, Poverty.
AbstractThe aim of the paper is to quantify the proportion of undernourished households in rural India without relying on any particular calorie cut-off point. For that, mean RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) has been estimated at the household level, after adjusting for age and gender distribution of the sedentary household members. The two NSS rounds that pertain to the years 2004-05 and 2011-12 are used here. The results confirmed that it was among the lowest expenditure group that seems to have reported the highest increase in RDA between 2004-05 and 2011-12. An investigation of the determinants of calorie deprivation leads us to the finding that poor ST and OBC households, regular wage and self-employed in non-agriculture and Christians have the greater probability of being calorie deprived.
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