The country saw a drop in life expectancy from 64 years to 65 in 2015, due to its high-poverty indicators. Bangladesh, which is also high in poverty, also slipped five places in the ranking.
“With India, malnutrition and undernourishment are on the rise, thanks to the rise of meat consumption. This is an issue of concern for all of us,” Anil Bhardwaj, World Health Organization’s (WHO) senior official who is part of the government’s effort to tackle hunger globally, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Last year, India saw the biggest drop in hunger index among the countries, from 107 to 92 in 2015, according to the report published by the UN agency on Tuesday.
At the global scale, the increase in overall nutrition and healthy life expectancy has largely been due to increases in consumption of good nutrition as food prices fell sharply over the last decade.
The WHO also pointed out that the countries with the highest increases in hunger rate were in sub-Saharan Africa.