Antenatal, postnatal nutritional intervention needed to decrease linear growth stunting in young Indian children

Stunting—a low height for age, also called linear growth retardation—is on the decline in India in certain age groups, but more attention still needs to be paid to it as an indicator of undernutrition in children younger than 5 years, according to an article published recently in Indian Pediatrics.

Underweight and wasting (thinness) are the other 2 measures of undernutrition, with underweight traditionally given the most importance. The result is that the public health importance of stunting and wasting are not given adequate public health attention, the author of the article stated. And while wasting has gotten more attention recently, “stunting still remains neglected,” the author wrote. In the first 2 years of life, stunting “causes irreversible damage,” including lower schooling, shorter adult height, and reduced adult income. Stunting is also associated with...

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