Share of low birth weight among newborns in eastern Indian states 2014

This statistic presents the results of a survey among households across eastern Indian states about the distribution of low birth weight among newborns in 2013-14. In that period, Jharkhand had the lowest share of low birth weight among newborns with just under 15 percent. The state of Odisha had the highest share of newborns with low birth weight during the survey period.

Distribution of low birth weight among newborns across east India in 2014, by state*

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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 kilograms) is diagnosed as low birth weight.

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