Healthy Eating Index: Evidence from India

13 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015

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Mousumi Das

National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER); National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)

Date Written: February 27, 2015

Abstract

Food security measurement in India is generally based on calorie intake. However this needs serious reconsideration given that the country is suffering from the triple burden of malnutrition, which is the simultaneous presence of underweight, overweight and micro nutrient deficiency diseases. Focus on dietary diversity measures is required at present, which incorporates the consumption of both macro, micro and phyto nutrients. Using nationally representative Indian household survey data from 2004-2012, a new measure of dietary diversity called the Healthy Eating Index based on the Indian Food Pyramid is constructed (Drescher et al., 2007). Preliminary results show positive correlation among the Healthy Eating Index and the other existing measures of dietary diversity like the count measures, Simpson and the Entropy indices. An immediate policy implication is to update the poverty line using the Healthy Eating Index and for revamping food security policies in India.

Keywords: Dietary Diversity, Food Policy, India

JEL Classification: I32, Q18

Suggested Citation

Das, Mousumi, Healthy Eating Index: Evidence from India (February 27, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2571173 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2571173

Mousumi Das (Contact Author)

National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) ( email )

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11 - Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi, 110002
India

National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) ( email )

Parisila Bhawan
11 - Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi, 110002
India

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