National capital Delhi and country’s financial capital Mumbai have fared worst in a survey conducted by an NGO to study state of malnutrition among kids in ten most populous cities.
While in Delhi, prevalence of stunting has been found to be 30.6 per cent, Mumbai has highest prevalence of wasting (19 per cent).
Hyderabad has the most underweight kids in the age group of 0-5 years. The study released by Naandi Foundation has said that every fourth child has been found to be malnourished in the survey which was conducted in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat, Pune and Jaipur.
A total of 12,286 mothers were interviewed and 14,616 children aged 0-59 months measured for height and weight.
The urban HUNGaMA (hunger and malnutrition) survey report has come up with data on underweight, stunting (low height for age) and wasting (low weight for height) among children. In all 22.3 per cent of children under five years of age were stunted.
The prevalence of stunting was significantly higher among children whose mothers had five years of schooling or less. Delhi has 30.6 per cent kids with stunting followed by Ahmedabad with 29.5 per cent and Surat with 26.4 per cent.
Overall 13.9 per cent of children were wasted. The prevalence of wasting was significantly higher among children whose mothers had five years of schooling or less and children from households in the lowest wealth quintile.
Mumbai has highest prevalence of wasting with 19 per cent followed by Hyderabad with 14.9 per cent and Surat with 14.7 per cent. Among cities with most underweight kids, Hyderabad with 25.8 per cent was on top followed by Surat with 25.7 per cent and Ahmedabad with 25.3 per cent.
Manoj Kumar of the Naandi Foundation told India Today that the survey indicates that the undernourishment among kids was as big a concern in the cities as it is in the rural areas.
The high percentage of malnourished kids in the slums of the cities are more because of the migration from villages to these cities.