More than three million children in the world die each year from waterborne diseases, and in India, every fifth child under the age of five, dies due to diarrhoea.
Almost half of all Indian children under the age of four are malnourished and 30 % of newborns are significantly underweight.
Environmental hazards kills three million children under five every year.
Children have higher rates of respiration and calorie consumption per kilogram of body weight than adults because of their higher metabolic rate.
This factor makes infants and toddlers more vulnerable to inhaled and oral environmental exposure
A study of 4,000 children, belonging to affluent sections and aged between four and eighteen in a public school in Delhi found the incidence of overweight reached its peak in childhood itself. For boys by 12-14 years and in girls by 9-11 years.
Lead exposure due to vehicles accounts for nearly 90% of air-borne lead contamination
India accounts for 25 per cent of the world's children deaths
74.3 % of Indian children are anaemic.
A foetus is 50 times more vulnerable to carcinogenic chemicals
36% children in low-income countries are malnourished
12% in the middle-income countries are malnourished
1% in the United States are malnourished
Global figures suggest that since 1990 childhood cancer has risen by 12 %, asthma in children has grown by a whopping 17 %.