1st Edition

Public Health Nutrition in Developing Countries Volume I

Edited By Sheila Chander Vir Copyright 2025
    884 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the intersection of nutrition and public health to analyze the impact of dietary choices on communities and individuals. It details evidence-based strategies, global health challenges, and nutrition-sensitive issues to cover the important aspects of nutrition, which are essential for developing an understanding of public health. The subject matter of this book includes:

    • Nutrition epidemiology for developing countries
    • Nutrition care of adolescents
    • Dual nutrition burden in women
    • Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)
    • Nutrition for the elderly

    Print edition not for sale in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Bhutan)



    List of Contributors

    1. Investing in nutrition: Central to sustainable development

    Sheila C. Vir and Alok Ranjan

    2. Principles of epidemiology and epidemiological methods

    Sanjay P. Zodpey

    3. Nutrition epidemiology for developing countries

    Usha Ramakrishnan and Ines G. Casanova

    4. Measuring undernutrition and overnutrition in children

    Dheeraj Shah, Shalu Jain and H.P.S. Sachdev

    5. Undernutrition in children: Significance, current situation, determinants, programme principles and intervention package

    Sheila C. Vir

    6. Essential newborn health and nutrition care: Emerging and evolving interventions and program scenario: Global and India

    Richa Singh Pandey and Sheila C. Vir

    7. Nutrition care of term, preterm and sick newborns

    Tapas Bandyopadhyay and Arti Maria

    8. Optimal infant and young child feeding

    Ranadip Chowdhury and Nita Bhandari

    9. Protection, promotion and support to breastfeeding

    Arun Gupta and Shoba Suri

    10. Optimal neonatal nutrition and care: Early and exclusive breastfeeding and human milk banking support system

    Ruchika Chugh Sachdeva and Paramita Kundu

    11. Complementary feeding: Programme design framework, implementation and measuring progress

    Aashima Garg

    12. Infant and young child feeding: Tracking development in policy, community-based program strategy and emerging lessons for future direction in LMICs

    Kajali Paintal Goswami

    13. Nutrition care in the first year of life: Significance, key experiences and emerging lessons in preventing growth faltering and promoting “catch up” growth

    Rupal M. Dalal and Satish B. Agnihotri

    14. Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM): Community and facility-based management

    Praveen Kumar and Shivani Rohatgi

    15. Prevention and management of overweight and obesity in children

    Anura Kurpad and Sumathi Swaminathan

    16. Nutrition care of adolescents: Crucial for optimum growth, development and intergenerational health

    Neena Bhatia and Sheila C. Vir

    17. Improving women’s nutrition: Critical for breaking the life cycle of malnutrition

    Sheila C. Vir

    18. Dual nutrition burden in women

    Prema Ramachandran

    19. Nutrition for the elderly

    Seema Puri and Majida Shaheen



    Sheila Chander Vir is senior Public Health Nutrition consultant and the Founder Director of Public Health Nutrition and Development Centre, New Delhi, India. She completed MSc (Foods and Nutrition) from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, India and PhD from the Institute of Clinical Sciences, Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom. She was also Programme Officer (Nutrition) with UNICEF (India) where she provided strategic and technical leadership for policy formulation and implementation of nutrition programmes in India and the state of Uttar Pradesh.