Malnutrition particularly in children due to increased population growth (1.21billion according to the latest census 2011) and economic instability is a formidable challenge for national and global governance.
According to the World Health organization, malnutrition is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality and is more common in India and in other developing countries. Malnutrition limits development and the capacity to learn. The study conducted by me on primitive tribal group concludes that 75 percent children are underweight. Naandi Foundation study based on a survey of the height and weight for more than one lakh children across six states in India has found that as many as 42 percent of under -five are severely or moderately under weight and 59 percent of them suffer from moderate to severe stunting (Hindu, 11.1.2012). Therefore, steps to improve the nutritional status are the immediate target to eradicate malnutrition by 2015 as it is one of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goal.
The objective of this panel is to discuss the levels of malnutrition in children, contributing factors and possible solutions exist.