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Table 1 Construction of the outcome variable: Minimum Acceptable Diet

From: How is perceived community cohesion and membership in community groups associated with children’s dietary adequacy in disadvantaged communities? A case of the Indian Sundarbans

Age of the Child in months Minimum dietary diversity as per IYCF or FAO Minimum Meal frequency as per IYCF Minimum acceptable diet as per IYCF Minimal acceptable diet used in the paper
6–8 month breastfeeding Minimum of 4 or more food groups out of seven food groups like-Grains, roots and tubers, Legumes and nuts, Dairy products (milk, yogurt and cheese), Flesh foods (meat, fish, poultry and liver/organ meats), Eggs, Vitamin-A rich fruits and vegetables, Other fruits and vegetables 2 times Breastfed children 6–23 months of age who had the minimum dietary diversity and the minimum meal frequency during the previous day Children 6–71 months of age who had at least the minimum dietary diversity (minimum four or more food groups following different food groupings based on their age) and the minimum meal frequency (different frequency as per age) during the previous day
9–23 months breastfeeding 3 times
6–23 month non breast feeding 4 times Non-breastfed children 6–23 months of age who had at least the 2 milk feedings and had at least the minimum dietary diversity and the minimum meal frequency during the previous day
24–71 months Minimum of four or more food groups like Cereals, roots and tubers, vitamin A rich fruits and vegetables, Other fruits, Other vegetables, Legumes, pulses and nuts, Oils and Fats, Meat, poultry, fish, Dairy, Eggs and Other (sweets, chips, soda, condiments) etc 4 times (no guideline available) No guideline available