The impact of maternal work status on the nutrition and health status of children

R. Abbi, P. Christian, S. Gujral, T. Gopaldas

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The effect of mothers' work status on their children's nutrition and health was determined from data from 1990 rural children, one to six years of age, from Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India. The relative risk of a child of a working versus a non-working mother being malnourished was 1.7 by weight for age and 1.8 by height for age. The relative risks of developing anaemia and vitamin-A deficiency were 1.4 and 1.5 respectively for the children of working mothers. The relative risks for younger children of getting measles, severe diarrhoea, and worm infestation were significantly higher in those whose mothers worked. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalFood & Nutrition Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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