Do boys eat better than girls in India? longitudinal evidence on dietary diversity and food consumption disparities among children and adolescents

Source: Do boys eat better than girls in India? longitudinal evidence on dietary diversity and food consumption disparities among children and adolescents

mid-adolescent girls tend to consume fewer protein- and vitamin-rich foods such as eggs, legumes, root vegetables and fruit. This result is robust to gender differences between adolescents in terms of puberty onset, school enrolment, time use and dietary behaviours. Finally, gender disparities in dietary diversity during early and mid-adolescence do not vary by maternal education, poverty or place of residence, whilst they are moderated by levels of caregiver’s educational aspirations at 15 years old.

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