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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 149  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 333-344

Nutrition communication - Rhetoric & reality


Media, Communication & Extension Group, Extension & Training Division, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India

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Dr SubbaRao M Gavaravarapu
Media, Communication & Extension Group, Extension & Training Division, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Jamai-Osmania P.O., Hyderabad 500 007, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_1772_18

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Given the context that undernutrition in India co-exists with the problems of overweight/obesity and associated non-communicable diseases as well as micronutrient deficiencies, integrating nutritional concerns in developmental policies and governance is gaining significance. There are many schemes implemented to tackle malnutrition in India, but creating synergy and linking these schemes with each other to achieve a common goal are lacking. Nutrition communication can be an important component to create the synergy required to change malnourished India to malnutrition-free India. Although nutrition education/communication is recognized as a necessary component in various national nutrition programmes, there is not much evidence of distinct evaluation of these components. Only a minor proportion of community nutrition research has been devoted to nutrition education and communication. Although there are scattered efforts in experimenting with newer communication approaches and media for promoting nutrition, there is a dearth of published literature. In this review an attempt was made to critically examine the nutrition education and communication research and practice with special focus on India. This review provides a historical perspective of evolution of nutrition education and communication with an overview of communication approaches, media, methods and technologies used in various research studies and programmes as well as the lessons learnt.


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