Are Indians eating more than before, and are they eating better?
Indians may be eating much more than before but they may not all be eating better
Over the past three decades, India has witnessed a curious phenomenon: as the economy grew rapidly, and per capita incomes zoomed, average calorie intake fell steadily. According to some economists, the fall in average food consumption reflected a decline in physical activity of Indians, and hence in calorie requirements. But the latest data on nutritional intake published by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) shows that average calorie intake has gone up in the country for the first time in three decades, overturning the earlier trend.