31 July, 2021

Good Nutrition For New India

Excerpts from an address at Outlook POSHAN Awards 2019

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu speaks at the Outlook Poshan Awards.
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Good Nutrition For New India

We are a nation of indomitable spirit and unmatchable potential to show excellence in every field. However, to keep India striding fast on its development trajectory, we need the people of the country—its human capital—to be stronger and healthier. And nutrition is a key determinant of this. We must ensure that our people, particularly the youngsters, are well-nourished. It is worrying  that 38.4 per cent of children below the age of five are stunted, acc­ording to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4). Childhood wasting has increased over the past 10 years (NFHS-3 and 4) from 19.8 to 21 per cent. Rising moderate acute and severe acute malnutrition remain critical concerns. Moreover, at least 20.7 per cent of women and 18.6 per cent of men are obese and overweight (NFHS-4). Hunger and obesity are the double burden of malnutrition.

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