69.5% children anaemic in India: Govt

New Delhi: The government today said 42.5 per cent children below five years were underweight and 69.5 per cent were anaemic in the country.

According to a survey conducted in 2005-06, 42.5 per cent of children under five years of age were underweight and 69.5 per cent were anaemic, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath told the Lok Sabha.

She was replying to a question if India has the highest number of children suffering from malnutrition in comparison to other countries.

Tirath said as per UNICEF data, the percentage of underweight children in India at 43 per cent was far above than many other nations.