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The National Family Health Surveys (NFHS) in India apply adult cutoffs of nutritional status for estimation of undernutrition/overweight in the 15–19 age group. This study re-analyzes the nutritional status of adolescents using the WHO 2007 Growth Reference to obtain revised estimates of thinness, overweight and stunting across states, rural-urban residence, and wealth quintiles. The study has found the malnutrition status to be lower than the NFHS findings and stunting to be higher than the NFHS results. It has also found a clear socio-economic gradient with higher thinness and stunting in rural areas and wide variation amongst states with pockets of double burden of malnutrition. The study could be useful for policy makers. Click here to read more.