Following a report issued by FHS India, the Stateman, one of India's oldest English language newspapers reported on the dire health situation facing both children and adults in remote parts of the Sundarbans. According to the article:
About half of the children in the Sunderbans, about 52 per cent, were either stunted or suffering from chronic malnutrition. The proportion of chronically malnutritioned children was higher than both the state [of West Bengal] and the national percentage of 45 and 48 per cent, respectively, implying that in the Sunderbans, a comparatively higher proportion of the children are growing up with serious nutritional retardation.
The article also notes higher incidence of fever and diarrhoea among children, and chronic diseases like heart disease and arthritis among adults.