A fifth of children worldwide are born in India. A study conducted in 2005 found that more than one third of Indian women aged between 15 and 49 years old were underweight due to poor nutrition. These deficits in maternal nutrition affect 42.2% of Indian women, compared to 16.5% of African women, and could explain why Indian children are smaller and shorter than African children (PNAS, 112; 3171-3172, 2015).
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