Padmadas, Sabu S., Dias, José G. and Willekens, Frans
Understanding Dietary Intake Behavior of Women in India: A Latent Class Approach. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 32pp.
(S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, (A03/15) ).
A recent development of the Indian National Family Health Survey is the collection of food consumption data from ever-married women aged 15-49 years. This study investigates the underlying complex dietary intake patterns among women using latent class models and examines its association with selected characteristics. Based on different combination of food intake frequency, a five component latent class solution was obtained which disaggregated the sample (N=90,180) into different groups representing very high mixed diet (26%), high and moderate (21% each), low and very low mixed diet (16% each). Demographic, spatial, socioeconomic and cultural dimensions of diet mixing behavior are further explored.
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