The nation has reduced stunting in children under 5, but the rate has fallen more slowly than it has in other developing countries and regions. The percentage of wasting children has held steady at 20 percent. That malnutrition rates in India are worse than in Bangladesh is not a surprise for nutritionists comparing public health indicators between the two nations. India has not collected basic data on nutrition since 2006. Read related story.

Sources: World Health Organization Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition; Jean Dreze, from a forthcoming book with Amartya Sen, An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions | The Washington Post December 26, 2012
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