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10 Shocking Facts About Malnutrition India Needs To Address Right Now

The number of undernourished people in India is thrice the entire population of France.

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6. The issued also is heavily gendered. In India, one in three girls aged 15-19 are stunted.

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Undernourished girls grow up to become undernourished women who give birth to a new generation of undernourished children.


10. Infants who are not breastfed are 15 times more likely to die from pneumonia and 11 times more likely to die from diarrhoea as compared to children who are exclusively breastfed.

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However because of not directly breastfeeding them, pneumonia and diarrhoea are two of the leading causes of death in children under five.

The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated over 17,000 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in India since 2009. You can support them in their efforts here.