Mumbai: Sounding alarm bells, The Global Nutrition Report 2017 says India faces a serious challenge stemming from both under-nutrition and obesity leading to various health, social and economic problems.
Among 140 countries, including India, the GNR-2017 found “significant burdens” of key forms of malnutrition as indicators of the broad trends, the findings released here on Tuesday said.
These include: Childhood stunting affecting 38 percent children under-five years of age of 155 million worldwide; 21 percent of under-fives defined as “wasted” or “severely wasted”, implying they are underweight for their height, comprising 52 million children.
More than 51 percent of women of reproductive age suffer from anaemia and more than 22 percent of adult women are obese or overweight, besides one-third of all women affected worldwide with no country on track to meet global targets.
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