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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 199-204
The catch-up growth in stunted children: Analysis of first and second India human development survey data


1 Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala, India
2 Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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Dr. Srinivasan Kannan
Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Medical College (PO), Thiruvananthapuram - 695 011, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_127_18

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Context: Change in stunting as the children grow older is rarely found in published literature. Aims: The present paper compares the change in the prevalence of stunting among children as they grow from 0–4 years to 7–11 years. Settings and Design: The present paper is a secondary analysis of India Human Development Survey-I (IHDS-I) (2005) and IHDS-II (2012) data for Kerala. Methods and Materials: In total, 411 children of age 0–4 years and 390 children of age 7–11 years with anthropometric measurements were included in the present study, respectively, from IHDS-I and IHDS-II. Statistical Analysis Used: The statistical analyses were done using SPSS 21.0. The prevalence of stunting was estimated. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed using the Pearson Chi-square test. Results: The prevalence of stunting among children has been drastically reduced (50.4% to 20.3%) while growing older from 0–4 years to 7–11 years. Conclusions: More than half of the stunted children below 5 years regained normal growth, as they grow older.


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