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Nutrition Research in India: Underweight, Stunted, or Wasted?

Authors:

Shweta Khandelwal ,

Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi; Department of Public Health Nutrition, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, IN
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Karen R. Siegel,

Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, US
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K.M. Venkat Narayan

Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, US
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Abstract

India has experienced dramatic economic growth in the past 2 decades accompanied by a rising burden of noncommunicable diseases, which coexists with the unfinished agenda of undernutrition. Tackling these dual challenges requires strong investment in nutrition research. We compared India’s research output with another rapidly developing country (China) and an established developed country (USA). We analyzed trends for each country between the periods 2000 to 2005 and 2006 to 2010, in terms of quantity and quality of the publications. India produced 2,712 articles (1.9% of the global total) in the 2000 to 2005 period and 3,999 articles (2.1%) in the 2006 to 2010 period, and the country impact factor was 191 and 174, respectively. The contributions to the top 10 nutrition journals during 2006 to 2010 was 1%. India must increase investment in and attention towards quality nutrition research and address potential barriers to publish.

How to Cite: Khandelwal S, Siegel KR, Narayan KMV. Nutrition Research in India: Underweight, Stunted, or Wasted?. Global Heart. 2013;8(2):131–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2013.05.003
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Published on 01 Jun 2013.
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