Even the children of wealthier families suffer surprisingly high rates of malnutrition. Government data show that a third of children from the wealthiest fifth of India's population are malnourished. This is because poor feeding practices—foremost among them a failure exclusively to breastfeed in the first six months—play as big a role in India's malnutrition rates as food shortages.
from The Economist
It really is amazing how much damage people can do to themselves and their families through ignorance. Bad habits get embedded in a culture, and people accept the consequences of these bad habits as a fact of nature.