Understanding the geographical burden of stunting in India: A regression‐decomposition analysis of district‐level data from 2015–16

India accounts for approximately one third of the world’s total population of stunted preschoolers. Addressing global undernutrition, therefore, requires an understanding of the determinants of stunting across India’s diverse states and districts. We created a district‐level aggregate data set from the recently released 2015–2016 National and Family Health Survey, which covered 601,509 households in 640 districts. We used mapping and descriptive analyses to understand spatial differences in distribution of stunting. We then used population‐weighted regressions to identify stunting determinants and regression‐based decompositions to explain differences between high‐and low‐stunting districts across India.

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