Addressing child malnutrition in India

Sania Masoud, Purnima Menon, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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This chapter discusses the role of malnutrition in children under the age of 5 growing up in India. Malnutrition is an ongoing public health challenge in children around the world and specifically within this subcontinent. Malnutrition includes both undernutrition and obesity. Some common forms of undernutrition include stunting, wasting, and micronutrient deficiencies. In an effort to help address undernutrition, several studies have examined various contributing factors. Some of the challenges in addressing undernutrition have been: regional differences in the burden and determinants, rapid urbanization, and the social and economic status of families/ individuals. In addition, the consequences of ongoing undernutrition in Indian children are severe. Some of the risks associated with undernutrition include: mortality, morbidity, impaired growth and development, and reduced economic productivity. Thus, addressing the biological and social risk factors contributing to poor nutrition in children under age 5 in India is a critical imperative for achieving optimal health and development of its growing population.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Famine, Starvation, and Nutrient Deprivation
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Biology to Policy
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319553870
ISBN (Print)9783319553863
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2019


  • Child nutrition
  • Development
  • Economic
  • Growth
  • India
  • Inequality
  • Malnutrition
  • Micronutrients
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Nutrition
  • Risk
  • Stunting
  • Wasting


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