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India

India Nutrition Stats

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STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
% of children who are still breastfeeding 20-23 months 66 2002 12th out of 105
% of children who are   exclusively breastfed 6 months 37 2002 44th out of 125
% of households consuming iodized salt 50 2002 67th out of 112
% of under-fives suffering from underweight moderate & severe 47 2002 4th out of 137
% of under-fives suffering from underweight severe 18 2002 1st out of 104
% of under-fives suffering from wasting moderate & severe 16 2002 4th out of 128
Consumption of iodized salt > % of households 51.1% 2006 19th out of 37
Depth of hunger > Kilocalories per person per day 260 2006 31st out of 169
Exclusive breastfeeding > % of children under 6 months 46.4% 2006 10th out of 48
Low-birthweight babies > % of births 27.6% 2006 1st out of 55
Malnutrition prevalence > Height for age > % of children under 5 47.9% 2006 4th out of 36
Prevalence of overweight > % of children under 5 1.9% 2006 30th out of 34
Prevalence of undernourishment > % of population 21% 2007 37th out of 168
Vitamin A supplementation coverage rate 6-59 months 25 2001 55th out of 57
Vitamin A supplementation coverage rate > % of children ages 6-59 months 66% 2009 41st out of 58

SOURCES: UNICEF; United Nations Children's Fund, State of the World's Children.; Food and Agriculture Organisation, Food Security Statistics (http://www.fao.org/economic/ess/food-security-statistics/en/).; UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys by Macro International.; World Health Organisation, Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition.; Food and Agriculture Organisation (http://www.fao.org/faostat/foodsecurity/index_en.htm).

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