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1. Though the story is about a nutrition center, what other activities does the center sponsor or promote?
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2. At least three women in the story were reluctant to go to the Nutrition Center. Explain why.
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3. Abhirami says, "We have to gain their trust." Why would people be suspicious about receiving nutritious food for their children?
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4. Why do you think the workers at the center weigh the children every day?
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5. Why do you think that Abhirami believes that if the laddoos were prepared at home, "the children would not always get them"?
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6. Why do you think the two women in the story were surprised that ordinary people went to the hospital?
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7. Why might a woman be embarrassed about her pregnancy and not want to talk about it because "she had a fourteen–year–old daughter"?
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8. In how many different ways did the center educate children and adults about nutrition? Why would the center choose to do all of these different time consuming activities instead of simply feeding the children?
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9. Find India on the Social Data Table. What is the 1998 Infant Mortality Rate? What is the 1998 average Life Expectancy at Birth? If India were to extend the Tamil Nadu nutrition project throughout the entire country, what changes would you expect to see in these data over time? Find your own country on the Social Data Table. How do the data for your country compare with those of India? How would you explain these differences?
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10. Do you think malnutrition is a problem for low– and middle-income countries only? Explain your answer.
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11. Is malnutrition a problem in your country? What programs do you know about that try to change eating habits or provide more nutritious food for those who need it in your country?
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