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A hypothesis worth thinking about

Written 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 age in sub-Saharan Africa. Many scholars and policy makers who care about child nutrition wonder why this is. I expect this is a question I’ll be writing a lot about on this blog in the future, but for today, I’m just going to share and excellent essay written by some child nutrition experts from UNICEF in 1996. It is well worth reading.

Here it is.