ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Adult Undernutrition in India: Is There a Huge Gender Gap?

The prevalence of discrimination against women along with the absence of data led to an assumption that a large gender gap existed in adult undernutrition in India. The availability for the first time of comparable all-India nutritional data for men and women enables us to examine the empirical basis of this belief. The analysis suggests that a huge gender gap in iron deficiency anaemia coexists with an absence of a gender gap in chronic energy deficiency. While gender gap in anaemia is a combined outcome of biological and social factors, the absence of gender gap in ced goes along with a stark socio-economic inequity in India.

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