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Poor nutrition in childhood . . . and other stories

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 09 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2966

Early childhood undernutrition

Undernutrition in early childhood, identified by wasting, stunting, or being underweight, affected more than half the children surveyed in the first wave of the India Human Development Survey. A second wave, roughly six years later, found that early undernutrition was associated with short stature and thinness and with poorer skills in reading and arithmetic. Girls were more severely affected than boys (PLoS Med doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1003838).

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