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Share of birth weight among newborns in India - by wealth index 2014

This statistic presents the results of a survey among households across India about the distribution of birth weight among newborns in 2013-14, based on wealth index. For instance, among households with the lowest wealth index, about 22 percent of newborns weighed less than 2.5 kilograms while about 78 percent weighed more than 2.5 kilograms during the survey period.

Distribution of birth weight among newborns across India in 2014, by wealth index*

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Release date

June 2016



Survey time period

November 2013 to May 2014

Number of respondents

105,483 respondents

Special properties

Among rural and urban households across 28 states

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, these figures are for 37,497 live births that occurred three years prior to the survey and were weighed 24 hours after birth.
Note: A birth weight less than 2,500 grams (2.5 kilos) is diagnosed as low birth weight.

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