Nutrition Status of Children
Sri Lanka is not on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal target on nutrition by 2015. Low birth weight afflicts 17 per cent of babies, and one sixth of women have low body mass index. The percentage of underweight children below the age of 5 has been reduced nationally from 34 per cent in 1987 to 21 per cent in 2006/07. However, the percentage varies across districts, from 12 per cent in Gampaha (Western province) to 33 per cent in Badulla (Uva province). In other nutrition indicators, 19 per cent of children of under five years are stunted, varying from 8 per cent in Colombo to 41 per cent in Nuwara Eliya in the plantation areas.