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Food consumption patterns in India reveal that child diets are largely starved of proteins and micronutrients

Kolkata, Oct 17 (IEHealth) A report released recently by Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS), sponsored by UNESCO, shows that in India 35 per cent of children under five are stunted, 17 per cent are wasted and 33 per cent are underweight.

Only 42 per cent of children (6 to 23 months) are fed at adequate frequency and only 21 per cent are fed an adequately diverse diet.

Timely complementary feeding is initiated for only 53 per cent of infants aged 6-8 months.

At the same time, the survey highlights that overweight and obesity increasingly begin in childhood with a growing threat of non-communicable diseases like diabetes (10 per cent) in school-aged children and adolescents.

Source
Via UNI-India

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