Malnutrition most commonly occurs between the ages of six months and two years, This happens despite the child’s food requirements being less than that of an older child, Malnutrition is often attributed to poverty, but it has been found that even in households where adults eat adequate quantities of food, more than 50 per cent of children-under-five do not consume enough food, The child’s dependence on someone else to feed him/her is primarily responsible for the malnutrition, Very often the mother is working and the responsibility of feeding the young child is left to an older sibling, It is therefore crucial to increase awareness regarding the child’s food needs and how to satisfy them.
1. According to the passage, malnutrition in children can be reduced
a) if the children have regular intake of food.
b) after they cross the age of five.
c) if the food needs of younger children are known
d) if the responsibility of feeding younger children is given to adults.
2. According to the author, poverty is not the main cause of malnutrition, but the fact that
1. taking care of younger ones is not a priority for working mothers.
2. awareness of nutritional needs is not propagated by the Public Health authorities.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2