A method developed by some British scholars and applied elsewhere is used to assess the Kyrgyz dietary data (Black et al., 1991; Goldberg et al., 1991; Heywood et al., 1993). This analysis found that dietary intake appeared to be underestimated; however, it is important to note that there was an economic crisis at the time of the survey in Kyrgyz, as close to half of all adults had lost their employment and were receiving no income at the time of the survey. Thus it is likely there was a real decline in food intake.

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