POPULATION-BASED GROWTH STUNTING

Citation
Em. Lewit et N. Kerrebrock, POPULATION-BASED GROWTH STUNTING, The Future of children, 7(2), 1997, pp. 149-156
Citations number
18
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Heath Policy & Services","Family Studies
Journal title
ISSN journal
1054-8289
Volume
7
Issue
2
Year of publication
1997
Pages
149 - 156
Database
ISI
SICI code
1054-8289(1997)7:2<149:PGS>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
Growth stunting, defined as height for age below the fifth percentile on a reference growth curve, is traditionally used as an indicator of nutritional status in children. Growth stunting is a population-based indicator and can indicate the prevalence of malnutrition or nutrition -related disorders among an identified population of children. Among c ertain segments of the U.S. child population, most notably poor childr en, growth stunting occurs more often than expected, suggesting that i nade quate nutrition may be a problem for these children. Available ge neral population data are not recent enough to allow for an assessment of the impact of several major public programs designed to address th e risk of inadequate nutrition among children. Analysis of data from t hese programs does show however, a higher-than-expected-albeit-declini ng level of stunting among program participants. The serious consequen ces of growth stunting and malnutrition-particularly impaired cognitiv e development-suggest that careful consideration of the growth stuntin g indicator should remain an important part of policy discussions on p ublic nutrition programs.