Nutritional Adequacy, Diversity and Choice Among Primary School Children

Policy and Practice in India

  • Shreelata Rao Seshadri
  • Jyoti Ramakrishna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Jyoti Ramakrishna
    Pages 1-14
  3. Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Jyoti Ramakrishna
    Pages 63-81
  4. Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Jyoti Ramakrishna
    Pages 83-123
  5. Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Jyoti Ramakrishna
    Pages 125-141
  6. Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Jyoti Ramakrishna
    Pages 143-157
  7. Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Jyoti Ramakrishna
    Pages 159-170

About this book


This book highlights the reality of malnutrition among school-age children in India and relates it with dietary adequacy, diversity and choice. Using empirical data from field research conducted in Karnataka, India, it documents the nutritional status of school-going children, and examines the socio-economic determinants. It provides insights into changing dietary patterns by analysing case studies from households and schools; and documents the impact of changing dietary choices on the daily nutritional intake of young children. As the issue of nutrition for school-age children is one that is largely neglected in the literature, the book fills an important gap.

The book also investigates the policy framework for addressing the nutritional needs of school-going children, and assesses the available government-sponsored interventions in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness, measured by their impact on the nutritional indices of the target group. It offers concrete reco
mmendations for changing the nutritional intake of school-going children. Navigating through the socio-cultural causes for changing food choice and their impact on children’s nutritional outcomes, this book shows a viable path to addressing malnutrition, taking into account both macro-level policy constraints and the micro-level perspectives of families, schools and communities.


undernutrition in India adolescent nutrition changing dietary choice food and nutrition policy in India global trends in health and nutrition Integrated Child Development Services Mid-Day Meal Scheme public distribution system in India nutritional outcomes for school-going children

Authors and affiliations

  • Shreelata Rao Seshadri
    • 1
  • Jyoti Ramakrishna
    • 2
  1. 1.School of DevelopmentAzim Premji UniversityBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical CenterTufts UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-3469-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-3470-1
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