Self-Reported Health and Nutrient Availability: Do Perceptions Matter?
Ali, Mohammad | Joshi, Janak | Zhang, Bo
This study aims to examine the relationship between nutrient availability and the selfreported health of individuals in Nepal using the data from the Nepal Living Standards Survey (NLSS) and employing an ordered logit estimation. We find that an increase in the availability of proteins and fats increases the level of self-reported health of individuals in Nepal. However, micronutrient availability’s relationship with self-reported health is either mixed or insignificant. We also find that access to a greater variety of food increases self-reported health until individuals meet their basic caloric requirements. Moreover, there are perceptional differences related to the effect of proteins consumed from different food groups (meats, dairy, and lentils) on self-reported health. Finally, macronutrient availability from expensive nutrient-dense foods seems to be the main driver of improvements in self-reported health.Show more [+] Less [-]