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Studies on child malnutrition in India find little evidence of gender difference in childhood stunting (48% for both boys and girls). Results of this study show that relative reduction in average Height for Age Z-Scores (HAZ) was slightly higher for girls than boys in each of three rounds of NFHS. This survey did not find enough evidence to establish the effect of mortality selection in explaining the better nutritional status of girls compared with boys in India. It also argues that in environment of high mortality amongst girls, the surviving girls are perhaps highly wanted by the families and are thus healthier. Therefore, child nutrition status cannot be studied independent of mortality. The results of this study could provide useful insights to policy makers. Click here to read the report.