Economic growth helps child nutrition but isn’t enough, latest health survey shows
Richer states have taller children and lower levels of stunting on average. But across states, gains in per capita incomes are not linked to improvement in stunting rates, suggesting that other factors matter in improving nutrition
The results of the first phase of the latest round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) point to sharp reversals in the gains India had made earlier in batting child malnutrition. A majority of the 22 states and union territories covered in the first phase saw the proportion of stunted children (those with low height for age), wasted children (low weight for height), and underweight children (weight for age) rise compared to the previous round conducted in 2015-16.