Exploring Child Undernutrition Further: Best and Worst Case Scenarios



Why do some states continue to record alarmingly high levels of child undernutrition even within the generally high rates prevailing in the country? This chapter attempts to explore the issue by comparing the four best and the four worst performing states. As reiterated throughout the book, India is characterized by sharp disparities among the states/regions with reference to development indicators, whether economic or social. Both success stories and failures provide opportunities to identify controlling factors. The statistical analysis is backed by findings from recent surveys. An attempt is also made to assess changes between the last two National Family Health Surveys (1998–1999 and 2005–2006) in Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh, which continue to hold their ranks as best and worst states for child nutrition status.


Child Nutrition Focus State Nutrition Outcome National Family Health Survey Underweight Woman 
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  1. 1.Independent Development ConsultantGurgaonIndia

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