India’s Nutrition Scenario: Issues and State Response

  • Nira Ramachandran


Men, women and children in India continue to have unacceptably high rates of undernutrition. Sustained economic growth at impressively high levels over a decade and the transition into middle income country status notwithstanding, well over one-third of Indian adults have chronic protein energy malnutrition as expressed in body mass indices (BMIs) below the norm, and even higher proportions of children are stunted, wasted or underweight for age making undernutrition India’s major public health challenge. This chapter explores the factors underlying India’s nutrition crisis and State response to the issue, including the Right to Food approach and the Food Security Act.


Food Security Gross Domestic Product Food Insecurity Child Malnutrition Protein Energy Malnutrition 
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  1. 1.Independent Development ConsultantGurgaonIndia

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