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3) Discuss the factors determining the quality and quantity of nutrition in children. Also discuss the need to improve nutritional outcomes among Indian children.(250 words)

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3) Discuss the factors determining the quality and quantity of nutrition in children. Also discuss the need to improve nutritional outcomes among Indian children.(250 words)

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Why this question

The recently released Global Nutrition Report highlights the status of child nutrition in India. In the wake of this report it is important to discuss the factors determining the quality and quantity of nutrition and the need to improve nutritional outcomes among Indian children.

Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail about the factors which determine the quality and quantity of nutrition. It also wants us to bring out in detail the need to improve nutritional outcomes among the Indian children.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- write a few introductory lines about the  importance of nutrition in overall child development.

Body-

  1. Discuss and elaborate in points the factors which determine the quality and quantity of nutrition. E.g maternal education, age at marriage, antenatal care, children’s diet and household size; besides political commitment, administrative efficiency, literacy and women’s empowerment also play a vital role.
  2. Bring out the need to improve nutritional outcomes among Indian children. E.g a third of the world’s stunted children under five — an estimated 46.6 million who have low height for age — live in India. A quarter of the children display wasting (that is, low weight for height) as well. As the Global Nutrition Report 2018 points out, this finding masks the wide variation in stunting levels in different parts of the country. District-level data show high and very high levels of stunting mainly in central and northern India (more than 30% and 40%, respectively), but less than 20% in almost the entire south etc.

Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.

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