Debate Continues Over Causes Of, Solutions To Malnutrition In India

Noting “India’s lower house of parliament Monday approved an ambitious proposal to address child malnutrition that would provide food at a subsidized rate to nearly two-thirds of the country’s 1.2 billion people,” GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines an ongoing “debate about the causes of India’s high malnutrition rate.” The blog reviews several opinion pieces published recently by researchers and economists discussing whether access to food will help alleviate malnutrition or whether other issues, such as poverty, genetics, or co-morbidities, play a role in childhood stunting, a sign of malnutrition (Stuart, 8/27). The Guardian notes India’s “upper house — the Rajya Sabha — must approve the [Food Security Bill] before it becomes law” (Burke, 8/27).