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India

India Hunger and malnutrition Stats

Definitions

  • Children > Small children severely underweight: Percentage of all children under 5 that are severely underweight.
  • Children > Small children underweight: Percentage of all children under 5 that are moderately or severely underweight.
  • Global Hunger Index: Indicates how grave hunger issues are in each country on a scale of index values from 0 (no hunger) to 100. Values above 30 are designated as “extremely alarming”, 20-30 as "alarming", 10-20 as “serious” and 5-10 as “moderate”. The index is a composite of the following three indicators: the proportion of the undernourished people as a percentage of the population; the prevalence of underweight children under the age of five years; and the mortality rate of children under the age of five years. The index is calculated in cooperation of several organizations, including the IFPRI, Welthungerhilfe and Concern.
  • Global Hunger Index per million people: Indicates how grave hunger issues are in each country on a scale of index values from 0 (no hunger) to 100. Values above 30 are designated as “extremely alarming”, 20-30 as "alarming", 10-20 as “serious” and 5-10 as “moderate”. The index is a composite of the following three indicators: the proportion of the undernourished people as a percentage of the population; the prevalence of underweight children under the age of five years; and the mortality rate of children under the age of five years. The index is calculated in cooperation of several organizations, including the IFPRI, Welthungerhilfe and Concern. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Undernourished population: Number of people in the country who subsist on less than the required nutritional amounts per day.
  • Undernourished population > Percentage: Percentage of population that subsists on less than the required nutritional amounts per day.
  • Undernourished population per million people: Number of people in the country who subsist on less than the required nutritional amounts per day. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Underweight boys under 5: Prevalence of underweight children.
  • Underweight girls under 5: Prevalence of underweight children.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Children > Small children severely underweight 15.8% 2006 1st out of 23
Children > Small children underweight 43.5% 2006 1st out of 43
Global Hunger Index 21.3 2013 16th out of 51
Global Hunger Index per million people 0.0174 2013 49th out of 49
Undernourished population 213.8 million 2012 1st out of 93
Undernourished population > Percentage 17% 2012 42nd out of 125
Undernourished population per million people 0.173 million 2012 42nd out of 91
Underweight boys under 5 45% 1999 1st out of 13
Underweight girls under 5 49% 1999 1st out of 13

SOURCES: United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; Welthungerhilfe, IFPRI, and Concern Worldwide. 2013. 2013 Global Hunger Index . Issue Brief No. 79. Washington, DC. p. 1.; Welthungerhilfe, IFPRI, and Concern Worldwide. 2013. 2013 Global Hunger Index . Issue Brief No. 79. Washington, DC. p. 1. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; United Nations Statistics Division; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables

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