What we ate then and what we eat now : a grandmother’s tale

Azim Premji University,


Malnutrition levels in India remain a major public health challenge. According to the fourth round of the District Level Household Survey (DLHS4, 2012 – 13), almost 30 percent of all children under the age of 5 are underweight in most states. This is a serious cause for concern for several reasons: low weight-for-age has been associated with a range of disadvantages, including a higher risk of dying due to several disease conditions among young children; changes in the autonomic nervous system; higher risk of hypertension and insulinresistance in adulthood; adverse impacts on brain development, cognitive ability and school achievement; and behavioural problems such as anxiety and hostility later in life.