The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 58, Issue 2, pp 265–268 | Cite as

Influence of maternal literacy on the nutritional status of preschool children

  • Asha Arya
  • Rohini Devi
Original Articles


The impact of maternal literacy status on the nutritional status of preschool children in Parbhani was studied. Results revealed that the children of literate mothers had better anthropometric measurements than children of illiterate mothers. Nutrient deficiency signs especially of protein energy malnutrition were more predominant among the children of illiterate mothers. Food consumption pattern was better in children with literate mothers as compared to children of illiterate mothers. The consumption of milk and milk products, fruits, sugar and jaggery was significantly greater in children with literate mothers.

Key Words

Pre-school Child Maternal Literacy Nutritional Status 


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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asha Arya
    • 1
  • Rohini Devi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Foods and NutritionMarathwada Agricultural UniversityParbhani

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