Economic growth has little impact on reducing undernutrition in children

March 27, 2014 12:30 AM

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A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries published in The Lancet Global Health journal has found that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth is at best associated with very small, and in some cases no declines in levels of stunting, underweight, and wasting. This suggests that investment in interventions that directly impact health and nutrition are needed to tackle child undernutrition.

In this collaborative study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Göttingen, ETH Zürich, and the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar analysed data from nationally representative samples of children under 3 years of age taken from 121 Demographic and Health s...

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