New Delhi: Bihar has the highest prevalence of undernourishment among school children and adolescents between 5-18 years, a health survey for 2014 has said.
According to Clinical, Anthropometric and Biochemical 2014 survey, Bihar recorded the highest prevalence of undernourishment (33 per cent) and severe undernourishment (21.7 per cent) among 5-18 years age group.
Uttarakhand, however, recorded the lowest prevalence of undernourishment among schoolkids with prevalence of undernourishment at 19.9 per cent and severe undernourishment at 6.1 per cent.
The survey was conducted for 2014 in Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh by the office of registrar general and census commissioner.
The survey also revealed that at 62 per cent, Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of stunted children and Rae Bareli was among the worst affected districts in the state.
Odisha has the highest prevalence of undernourishment among males at 36.1 per cent, followed by Rajasthan at 35.9 per cent while Uttarakhand showed the least prevalence at 21.8 per cent.
In the case of females, Bihar reported the highest prevalence at 30.5 per cent and Uttarakhand the lowest at 17.8 per cent.
45.7 per cent children in Jharkhand were underweight, the highest among the surveyed states.