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As I mentioned yesterday, today’s post is about how body sizes at different ages vary. That is—the graph of the average z-scores that you saw yesterday doesn’t tell the whole story. Not every child is at the average. Indeed, many...Read More..

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It's been official since Monday: Jim Yong Kim will be the next president of the World Bank. President Obama's nomination was controversial for many reasons -- not least the mere fact that the U.S. president gets to pick the president...Read More..

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Regular readers of our blog will know that we talk a lot about heights and weights. This is because in a resource scarce setting, body size is a useful way of telling how well off people are. Especially in a...Read More..

In the past few weeks, I’ve been taking lots of field notes from my visits to the three villages in my study, and from visits with various official and government health workers. Yet, I’ve had a hard time figuring out...Read More..

I got exactly what I wanted for my birthday today: this graph! I've been working for a few months now on trying to figure out whether India's Total Sanitation Campaign is improving children's health. While I have been finding generally...Read More..

Around the world, holidays are all about the food. In my family, for instance, my dad starts mixing dough for Christmas cookies just a few days after Thanksgiving. Here in Sitapur, Holi, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the coming of...Read More..

Children get diarrhea from many things; one is, as Dean has pointed out, contact with human feces. Part of the focus on weaning in the analysis of child growth has to do with the possibility of children contracting bacteria by...Read More..

It has long been thought that an important determinant of adult height is the environment in which a child grows up. Children who grow up in environments free of disease and with access to good nutrition will be taller, on...Read More..

A hypothesis worth thinking about

By Diane Coffey, on January 16th, 2012

  An important puzzle that surrounds child malnutrition is that despite being on average richer than children in sub-Saharan Africa, children in India have worse indicators of nutrition. They are, on average, shorter and thinner than children of the same...Read More..

This time next week, Diane and I will be back in India. For now, I’m blogging from a hotel room near the American Economic Association conference in Chicago. Avinash is napping – recovering from a long day of interviews –...Read More..

In November, Dean and I visited friends in Allahabad, who took us to some villages on the borders of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Crossing the border from Shakargarh, in southern Uttar Pradesh, into Madhya Pradesh, we noticed a decline...Read More..

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I have spent much of the last few months thinking about how the data we collect influences the conclusions we draw. Today, I’ve been reading a draft of a paper called “Remembrance of Things Past: The Impact of Recall Periods...Read More..

Why don’t I floss my teeth more often? Or go to the gym more frequently? Or eat more green, leafy vegetables? In the big picture, what I do with my health probably doesn’t matter. But, sometimes these little behaviors –...Read More..

75% of all households in India use solid unprocessed fuels—firewood and dung-cake—as cooking fuels. The fuel is burned in inefficient chulhas (burners) in poorly ventilated kitchens resulting in an estimated half a million premature deaths and nearly 500 million cases...Read More..

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Devi Sridhar’s book The Battle Against Hunger bridges several divides. As an anthropologist, she studies food and nutrition – and nutrition policy – through the details of three villages in Tamil Nadu, but also in the halls of the World...Read More..

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