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The Relevance of Micro nutrients to the Prevention of Stunting

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Stunting is a major health problem worldwide, aff ecting approx- imately 178 million children under the age of fi ve1 (Table 1). While the etiology of stunting is complex, inadequate nutrition and infection are among factors thought to play major roles in reducing a child’s height-for-age.2 As child growth and development are widely accepted to be indicators of physical, mental and economic well-being, the high prevalence of stunting in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and south-central Asia1 suggests a need for effective prevention strategies that can address both the immediate and underlying causes of stunting. As a manifestation of chronic under nutrition,3 stunting has been linked to multiple adverse health outcomes that extend beyond childhood into adult life. Consequently, current approach- es to stunting have focused both on reducing the incidence of stunting and on reversing the effects of already impaired growth. Because stunting is intimately connected to nutrition, micronutrients have been the primary focus of scientific investigations related to stunting. However, results have been discouraging and mostly mixed. Consequently, the search for other causative agents has expanded to include the use of multiple micronutrients and other comprehensive approaches.

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Year 2012
Authors Ellie Souganidis
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/ZLVG3352
DOI Number 10.52439/ZLVG3352
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