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The World in Medicine
July 8, 1998

Stunted Growth

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JAMA. 1998;280(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.280.2.125-JWM80004-4-1

Nearly 40% of the developing world's children who are younger than 5 years and live outside China have stunted growth attributable to inadequate nutrition, according to a new report.

Even though the worldwide prevalence of stunted growth is declining by 0.5% annually, 54% of young children in Southern Asia are substantially below the normal height for their age, said the author of the report, Edward Frongillo, PhD, of Cornell University Medical College in New York, NY. "These figures are just the tip of the iceberg," he said.

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