The Malnourished Child

Authored by: Rikki S. Corniola , David L. Suskind , Leslie Lewinter-Suskind , Krishna K. Murthy , Robert M. Suskind

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b15294-53

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Abstract

In the last 20 years, there has been a tremendous effort worldwide to reduce the annual number of under-five deaths from nearly 12 million in 1990 to fewer than 7.6 million in 2010 1 . Despite this immense effort, that still equates to over 20,000 deaths per day of children under the age of five. These deaths represent, however, only a fraction of the children in developing countries who suffer from malnutrition, many of whom survive. 2 3 It is estimated that in 2011, 314 million children under the age of five were mildly, moderately, or severely stunted with another 258 million mildly, moderately, or severely underweight. 4 For these children who do survive, early malnutrition generates a long-term insult to their ultimate development and, consequently, to the community and world in which they must live.

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