Stunting, wasting and underweight rates of India's children have
declined, especially during the last decade, but still exceed
levels observed in countries at similar income levels.
KEY MESSAGE: 1
The rate of improvement in nutritional status has not kept pace
with India's significant gains in economic prosperity and
agricultural productivity during recent decades. Stunting rates
are likely to decline with economic progress, but economic
growth cannot, by itself, reduce undernutrition and may
contribute to overweight and obesity.
KEY MESSAGE: 2
Nutritional status and progress on reducing stunting vary
markedly across India's states indicating that state-specific
approaches are necessary to achieve further gains in reducing
KEY MESSAGE: 3
The underlying reasons for India's high rates of stunting and
variability in progress are complex and intertwined.
KEY MESSAGE: 4
India ignores the problem of undernutrition and its impact on
child development at its peril and risks large economic, health
and social consequences for future generations.
KEY MESSAGE: 5
India's undernutrition problem is a serious threat to child
development. Accelerating action at the state-level is essential
to change the course of the future for India's children.
KEY MESSAGE: 6
FIGURE 1. TRENDS IN NUTRITIONAL STATUS IN INDIA, 1993 to 2014
FIGURE 2. PREVALENCE OF UNDER-5 STUNTING AND LEVEL OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BY COUNTRY
FIGURE 3. AVERAGE ANNUAL RATE OF REDUCTION IN UNDER-5 STUNTING, 2005 to 2014, BY COUNTRY
FIGURE 4. STUNTING, WASTING AND UNDERWEIGHT PREVALENCE IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN, BY GLOBAL REGIONS
FIGURE 5. PER CAPITA INCOME AND PREVALENCE OF STUNTING IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN, BY STATE
FIGURE 6. AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AND PREVALENCE OF STUNTING IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN IN INDIA
FIGURE 7. PREVALENCE OF STUNTING IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN, BY STATE
FIGURE 8. PREVALENCE OF STUNTING IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN IN 2014 AND ANNUAL RATE OF REDUCTION,
2006 TO 2014, BY STATE
FIGURE 9. PREVALENCE OF WASTING IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN, BY STATE
FIGURE 10. PREVALENCE OF UNDERWEIGHT IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN, BY STATE
FIGURE 11. PREVALENCE OF ANEMIA IN CHILDREN (6-59 MONTHS) AND WOMEN (15-49 YEARS), BY STATE
FIGURE 12. PREVALENCE OF STUNTING, WASTING AND UNDERWEIGHT IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN,
BY PLACE OF RESIDENCE
FIGURE 13. STUNTING PREVALENCE IN UNDER-5 CHILDREN AND AVERAGE AGE OF MARRIAGE OF WOMEN