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Sixty per cent of infants in MP underweight

Madhya Pradesh has the worst statistics among the states to offer in terms of nutrition of children, with over 60 per cent of children in the 0-3 age group there being underweight.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2007 16:00 IST

Madhya Pradesh has the worst statistics among the states to offer in terms of nutrition of children, with over 60 per cent of children in the 0-3 age group there being underweight.

While 60.3 per cent of the children in the 0-3 age group in Madhya Pradesh are underweight, in Jharkhand 59.3 per cent of the children suffer from under-nutrition, according to statistics provided by Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

As per the figures, given in a written reply, 58.4 per cent of the children in Bihar are underweight, while the figure for Chhattisgarh is only slightly better at 52.1 per cent.

The all-India figure for malnutrition among children in the 0-3 age group is 45.9 per cent.

The Northeastern states are better off, with Mizoram having the best statistic of 21.6 per cent.

Sikkim has the second-best record, with 22.6 per cent of the children in the state being underweight, while 23.8 per cent of the children in Manipur are malnourished.