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Do Girls Have a Nutritional Disadvantage Compared with Boys? Statistical Models of Breastfeeding and Food Consumption Inequalities Among Indian Siblings

  • 2014
  • Journal Article
Fledderjohann, Jasmine; Agrawal, Sutapa; Vellakkal, Sukumar; Basu, Sanjay; Campbell, Oona; Doyle, Pat; Ebrahim, Shah & Stuckler, David

Publication Title: Plos One

Abstract: India is the only nation where girls have greater risks of under-5 mortality than boys. We test whether female disadvantage in breastfeeding and food allocation accounts for gender disparities in mortality. Indian girls are breastfed for shorter periods than boys and consume less milk. Future research should investigate the role of additional factors driving India’s female survival disadvantage.

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