3rd of world’s undernourished kids in India’
• Undernourished: 48%
• Underweight: 47%
• Stunting (too short): 46%
• Wasting (dangerously thin): 16%
(All children under 5 years)
It seems the India’s economic growth is not rubbing off on its development indicators.
According to a report released by Unicef today, India has the most number of undernourished children in the world. It says around 57 million children under the age of five are suffering from under nutrition. Shockingly, this is about 48 per cent of all children in this age group in the country.
Not just this, Unicef says India is not doing enough to tide over the problem. The report castigates India’s efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals as ‘insufficient’
Elaborating on the status of child malnutrition in Bihar, Mr. Bijaya Rajbhandari, State Representative, UNICEF emphasised, “Bihar has the third highest number of malnourished children in India. In Bihar, the percentage of underweight children went up from 54.3 per cent to 58.4 per cent between the period 1999 and 2005. It is estimated that 8.33 per cent or 9,74,610 children in Bihar are severely and acutely malnourished and are at the highest risk of dying.