Taking on Stunting

Diminished learning capacity caused by stunting—undernutrition and lack of growth during the first 2 years of life—may not be irreversible, according to a new anthropological study. Following children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam over 15 years, Boston University School of Public Health researchers found that children who experienced greater than expected “catch-up” growth closed learning gaps.
The findings make efforts to combat stunting, which affects 159 million children under age 5 worldwide, all the more critical, researchers say. They suggest focusing on feeding programs, stemming chronic diarrhea, improving hygiene and environmental health, and boosting maternal health and wellness.
Source: The Guardian

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