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Status Report on Malnutrition of Children (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

The data on nutritional indicators is captured under the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) conducted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The State-wise prevalence of malnutrition in children as per NFHS-4 (2015-16) is given below:

Prevalence of malnutrition among children under 5 years of age as per National Family Health Survey 4 (2015-16)

S. No

State/UTs

Underweight

(%)

Stunting

(%)

1

Bihar

43.9

48.3

2

Chhattisgarh

37.7

37.6

3

Himachal Pradesh

21.2

26.3

4

Jammu & Kashmir

16.6

27.4

5

Jharkhand

47.8

45.3

6

Madhya Pradesh

42.8

42.0

7

Odisha

34.4

34.1

8

Rajasthan

36.7

39.1

9

Uttar Pradesh

39.5

46.2

10

Uttarakhand

26.6

33.5

11

Arunachal Pradesh

19.4

29.3

12

Assam

29.8

36.4

13

Manipur

13.8

28.9

14

Meghalaya

28.9

43.8

15

Mizoram

12.0

28.1

16

Nagaland

16.7

28.6

17

Sikkim

14.2

29.6

18

Tripura

24.1

24.3

19

Andhra Pradesh

31.9

31.4

20

Goa

23.8

20.1

21

Gujarat

39.3

38.5

22

Haryana

29.4

34.0

23

Karnataka

35.2

36.2

24

Kerala

16.1

19.7

25

Maharashtra

36.0

34.4

26

Punjab

21.6

25.7

27

Telangana

28.3

28.0

28

Tamil Nadu

23.8

27.1

29

West Bengal

31.5

32.5

30

A & N Islands

21.5

23.3

31

Chandigarh

24.5

28.7

32

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

38.8

41.7

33

Daman & Diu

26.7

23.4

34

Delhi

27.0

31.9

35

Lakshadweep

23.6

26.8

36

Puducherry

22.0

23.7

Total

35.7

38.4

(Source:http://pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1578362&RegID=3&LID=1)



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