Kolkata, Nov. 15 -- The Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey, conducted by the Central Government in collaboration with UNICEF, whose report was released recently, has shown that Bengal is ahead of many States on certain aspects of child nutrition, like stunted growth and underweight children.

In some cases, the State's performance is also better than the national average.

The study was conducted to collect a set of data on the nutritional status of children of 0 to 19 years.

The findings, when compared to previous data from studies conducted by the Union Health Ministry, revealed that Bengal had recorded a sharp drop in the number of children below five years with stunted growth, in the percentage of under-five underweight...