Journal article / Double Burden of Malnutrition in Kerala

Jayalakshmi, Rajeev, and Srinivasan Kannan. ’The Double Burden of Malnutrition: An Assessment of ‘Stunted Child and Overweight/Obese Mother (SCOWT) Pairs’ in Kerala Households’. Journal of Public Health Policy 40, no. 3 (September 2019): 342-50.

Abstract: A double burden of malnutrition (DBM) is the coexistence of under-nutrition and over-nutrition in a single household that has been reported from many developing countries.

We performed a secondary analysis on the India Human Development Survey (IHDS-II) data assessing ‘stunted child and overweight/obese mother (SCOWT) pairs’ in Kerala households.

We included 344 pairs of children below 5 years of age and their mothers, with anthropometric measurements. We also performed the Pearson’s Chi–square test to study the association of SCOWT pairs with socio-economic variables.

The prevalence of SCOWT pairs was 10.7% for Kerala. The bivariate analysis showed no significant association for SCOWT pairs, irrespective of their socio-economic status.
It is clear that the DBM is prevalent in Kerala and cannot be addressed exclusively by policies focusing on over-nutrition.

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