Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Nutritional penalty of motherhood: Can midday meals also save mothers of the children that receive them?

A mother and her child’s health are closely interlinked. Children are most dependent on their mothers for their nutritional needs - both as babies born to them and as children primarily cared for by them. In India, a mother’s height and educational attainment are strongly related to her children’s stunting levels. Yet, in the familial dynamics of Indian households, mother’s, pushed by sociocultural expectations, conditionings, or norms remain the first to forgo consumption to help smoothen the effects of an economic shock.

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