India has one-third of world’s stunted children: Global Nutrition Report 2018

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  • The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) 2018, released in Bangkok,Thailand says that India holds almost a third of the world’s burden for stunting.
  • With 46.6 million children who are stunted (low height for age) globally, India tops the list of countries followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million).
  • India also accounted for 25.5 million children who are “wasted” (having low weight for height), followed by Nigeria (3.4 million) and Indonesia (3.3 million).
  • Globally 150.8 million children under five years are stunted and 50.5 million are wasted.
  • India is third on the list of countries with more than a million overweight children. The others are China, Indonesia, Egypt, the United States, Brazil and Pakistan.
  • The Global Nutrition Report is an independently produced annual analysis of the state of the world’s nutrition. 
  • India’s report is based on a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) which used district-level aggregate data from the 20152016 National and Family Health Survey.