WHO Growth Charts for Diagnosis of Malnutrition


  • Mrudula Phadke B J Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra India
  • Pramila Menon Dr D Y Patil Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Pune, Maharashtra India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7780-335X
  • Purushottam Giri Indian Institute of Medical Science and Research Medical College, Badnapur, Jalna, Maharashtra https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9461-1464
  • Uday Bodhankar CHPA United Kingdom Commonwealth Association for Health & Disability, United Kingdom https://orcid.org/0009-0006-0951-590X
  • Sanjay Prabhu BJ Wadia Hospital for Children, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3971-3185
  • Upendra Kinjawadekar President, Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP)




Child malnutrition is a major public health issue worldwide. An estimated 144 million children under age 5 are stunted, 47 million are wasted and 38.3 million have overweight or obesity. Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition.1 Measuring the growth of infants and children is an important part of child health surveillance and gives an idea about the nutritional status of the baby. Inadequate infant growth leads to under-nutrition in children in many low- and middle-income countries, which, if followed later in life by an increased intake of calories, can result in overweight or obesity and non- communicable diseases.


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Author Biography

Upendra Kinjawadekar, President, Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP)




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How to Cite

Phadke M, Menon P, Giri P, Bodhankar U, Prabhu S, Kinjawadekar U. WHO Growth Charts for Diagnosis of Malnutrition. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2023 Dec. 31 [cited 2024 Jul. 16];35(4):540-1. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2818



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