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State-wise Dynamics of the Double Burden of Malnutrition among 15–49 Year-old Women in India: How Much Does the Scenario Change Considering Asian Population-specific BMI Cut-off Values?
Authors: Sengupta A, Angeli F, Syamala TS, Van Schayck CP, and Dagnelie P.
Source: Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 53(6): 618-638; DOI: 10.1080/03670244.2014.891994
Topic(s): Body Mass Index (BMI)
Country: Asia
Published: OCT 2014
Abstract: This article assesses the gravity of the “double burden of malnutrition” across 21 states of India, through a comparative analysis of traditional and Asian population-specific BMI categorizations for overweight and obesity. This study analyzes data on ever-married women (15–49 years) from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-2, 1998–1999; NFHS-3, 2005–2006). Findings depict that Indian women tilt toward high BMI resulting in a co-existence of under- and overweight populations, which portray a regional pattern. With Asian population-specific cut-offs, 11 states can be classified as “double burden states”; however, following traditional categorization, only 4 states face such dual pressure.