More Pregnant Women In India Underweight Compared With Sub-Saharan African Counterparts, Study Shows

News outlets discuss findings from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examining prepregnancy weight and weight gain among pregnant women in India and sub-Saharan Africa.

ANI/Huffington Post India: 40 Percent Indian Women Are Underweight During Pregnancy: Study
“As per a new study, maternal health in India [is] much worse than previously thought as more than 40 percent of women are underweight when they begin pregnancy…” (3/3).

New York Times: Study Says Pregnant Women in India Are Gravely Underweight
“…[W]hile researchers have long known that Indian mothers tend to be less healthy than their African counterparts, a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that the disparity is far worse than previously believed. By analyzing census data, Diane Coffey of Princeton University found that 42 percent of Indian mothers are underweight. The figure for sub-Saharan Africa is 16.5 percent…” (Harris, 3/2).