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    India has largest number of stunted kids - UN report.

    India’s children stunted, undernourished: UN

    Second highest country in world to "Waste" its children.

    India has the largest number of stunted children below the age of five in the world, according to the latest UNICEF report released here.

    Approximately 200 million children, under the age of five, suffer from stunted growth in the developing world.

    The report “Tracking Progress on Child and Maternal Nutrition” found that stunting is primarily caused due to childhood under-nutrition, which contributes to more than a third of all deaths in children under five.

    India also has one of the highest numbers of underweight children, below the age of five, and one third of “wasted children” -- those facing a greater chance of death -- in the world.

    Out of total of 19 million newborns per year in the developing world that are born with low birthweight, India has 7.4 million low birth weight babies per year-the highest in the world.

    The report finds that 80 per cent of the developing world’s stunted children live in 24 countries.

    “Under-nutrition steals a child’s strength and makes illnesses that the body might otherwise fight off far more dangerous,” UNICEF chief, Ann M Veneman, said.

    “More than one-third of children who die of pneumonia, diarrhoea and other illnesses could have survived had they not been undernourished,” she added.

    Prevalence of stunted children

    India, however, does not have the highest prevalence of stunted children as the high numbers was due to its large population. In terms of prevalence - Afghanistan was first while India was 12th.

    In 17 countries, underweight prevalence among children under 5 years old is greater than 30 per cent. The rates were highest in Bangladesh, India, Timor-Leste and Yemen with more than 40 per cent of children being underweight.

    The study also found that 13 per cent of children, under 5 years old, in the developing world were wasted, and 5 per cent were severely wasted (an estimated 26 million children).

    Ten countries account for 60 per cent of children in the developing world who suffer from wasting.

    A number of African and Asian countries have wasting rates that exceed 15 per cent, including India (20 per cent) Bangladesh (17 per cent), and the Sudan (16 per cent).

    The country with the highest prevalence of wasting in the world is Timor-Leste, where 25 per cent of children under 5 years old are wasted. Timor Leste is followed by India.

    “At such elevated levels, wasting is considered a public health emergency requiring immediate intervention, in the form of emergency feeding programmes,” the UN report said.

    The 1,000 days from conception until a child’s second birthday are the most critical for a child’s development, the study suggests.

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    Re: India has largest number of stunted kids - UN report.

    This is from a country that talks so much of its heritage, culture, tradition.
    And after 60 years of independence and self rule.

    From politicians to judges to ministers..nobody care ..
    but they all preach about compassion, self-lessness, sacrifice,
    non-violence and peace to rest of the world.

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