The Guardian view on stunting: malnutrition is holding millions of children back

The Guardian view on stunting: malnutrition is holding millions of children back
 

South Korean women are neither especially diminutive nor remarkably lofty. With a mean height of 162.3cm, they are 12.5cm taller than their Filipina peers, and 7.5cm shorter than Latvian women. But they stand out from the crowd for one reason: they are a full 20cm taller than their ancestors a century ago. That collective growth spurt tells us something important: that height differences often ascribed to genetics owe a huge amount to nutrition, hygiene and healthcare. South Korea’s rapid development meant women’s growth was no longer hindered as it had been. In contrast, under-nourished... read more

 
30 September 2016 in Health, Views: 44
Source: Guardian
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