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Two fifths of pregnant women in India are underweight

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 06 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1241
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

More women in India are underweight at the start of pregnancy than those in sub-Saharan Africa, a study has found.

India has no national monitoring system for health in pregnancy. Diane Coffey, from Princeton University in the United States and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Development Economics of the Delhi School of Economics, used data from the Demographic and Health Survey in 2005 to estimate the body mass index of women in India and sub-Saharan Africa before they became pregnant and how much weight they gained during pregnancy.

The survey found that …

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