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Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Biosciences (IJPAB)
Year : 2022, Volume : 10, Issue : 2
First page : (57) Last page : (65)
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Inequality in Under-Nutrition among Under-Five Children in Lakhimpur District of Assam

Jatin Phukan1*, Sarat Hazarika2 and Bipin Gogoi3
1Ph.D. Scholar, Dept. of Statistics, Dibrugarh University, Assam, India-786004
2Registrar, Madhabdev University, Narayanpur, Assam, India-784164
3Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Dibrugarh University, Assam, India-786004
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Received: 7.02.2022 | Revised: 26.03.2022 | Accepted: 5.04.2022 


Children of today are citizens of tomorrow, hence improving nutritional status among children becomes extremely important for all the nations. The raw data collected from the Lakhimpur district reveals that the burden of overall nutritional deficiency among children is still too high; on average, two in every five (37%) children had at least one kind of nutritional deficiency. However, the nutritional status of female children has improved over time compared to the male children, but the overall decline is not satisfactory. We have observed a higher inequality of nutritional deficiency among children in Assam by household wealth status (Gini value= 0.498) compared to the mother's education level (Gini value = 0.067). Therefore, it's an urgent need to expand the scope of the ICDS program to provide mass nutrition and health education by making provisions for home visits and primarily targeting pregnant and lactating mothers.

Keywords: Nutritional Indicators, Under-five Children, Gini index, Lorenz curve, Assam.

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Cite this article: Phukan, J., Hazarika, S., & Gogoi, B. (2022). Inequality in Under-nutrition among under-five children in Lakhimpur district of Assam, Ind. J. Pure App. Biosci.10(2), 57-65. doi: