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India: A country of Big statues and Small bellies

According to the Global Nutrition Report’s 2018 report, Almost a third of the whole world’s stunted children live in India.

 

Surprised?

 

What else can we expect from a country who spends 3000 crores on a statue? And not just stopping there. Announcing one statue after another. As is if statues are going to fall down from Heaven, free of cost.

 

According to the report, 46.6 million children suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth according to their age, in India. Nigeria is on the second number on the list with 13.9 million stunted children and Pakistan on third with 10.7 million.

 

That\'s the only race India and Pakistan don’t want to compete with each, and least want to win.

 

The adversaries of the stunted growth are low height according to the age and less weight. The reason behind this stunted growth is mainly malnutrition for a long time and frequent infections.

 

The most prone states to this “epidemic” are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra. Wait... Aren’t these the same states where communalism is at its peak?

 

Now, here’s another proud news for India. Not just most stunted but most children who are wasted are also in India. 25.5 million Children are wasted – children with low height according to their age- are living in India. Wasting is also caused by malnutrition and frequent infections. Nigeria again is the second number on the list with 3.4 million wasted children and Indonesia is the fourth number on the list with 3.3 wasted children.

 

Here are some key findings of the report:

 

  • Stunting in children under five years of age is declining at a global level but numbers in Africa are increasing, and there are significant disparities in progress at the subnational level.

 

  • At a global level, progress in addressing underweight and anaemia among women has been extremely slow while overweight and obesity among adults is getting worse, with higher rates of obesity among women than men.

 

  • Several countries are on course to meet at least one of the globally adopted nutrition targets set for 2025, but most are off-track and none are making progress on the full suite of targets.

 

 

 

 

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