Nutrition and food: Nourish the thought
What’s cooking in our country’s kitchens? More importantly, is it making us healthy and strong? Apparently not. The 2019 Global Hunger Index (bit.do/fyBFA) placed India 102nd out of 117 countries. For long, India has carried the burden of being home to the largest number of the world’s stunted (having low height for age) and wasted (having low weight for height) children. According to the National Family Health Survey-4 2015-16 (bit.do/fyBF5), the percentage of stunting is around 35%, and 21% for wasting, among children under the age of five.
More recent data from the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) 2016-18 (bit.do/fyBGA) reports some improvements. But the picture remains dismal. Half of India’s women remain anaemic, carrying over the problems of anaemia and undernourished babies into the next generation.
We have been a self-governing nation for over 72 years now. Nobody has been starving us. Clearly, we have more food available to us than what we had in the 1950s.
This was originally published in Economic Times. You can read the full article, here.
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