Reversibility of stunting: epidemiological findings in children from developing countries.

Abstract:

:The growth literature from developing countries is reviewed to assess the extent to which stunting, a phenomenon of early childhood, can be reversed in later childhood and adolescence. The potential for catch-up growth increases as maturation is delayed and the growth period is prolonged. However, maturational delays in developing countries are usually less than two years, only enough to compensate for a small fraction of the growth retardation of early childhood. Follow-up studies find that subjects who remain in the setting in which they became stunted experience little or no catch-up in growth later in life. Improvements in living conditions, as through food supplementation or through adoption, trigger catch-up growth but do so more effectively in the very young. One study cautions that in older adopted subjects, accelerated growth may accelerate maturation, shorten the growth period and lead to short adult stature.

journal_name

Eur J Clin Nutr

authors

Martorell R,Khan LK,Schroeder DG

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1994-02-01 00:00:00

pages

S45-57

eissn

0954-3007

issn

1476-5640

journal_volume

48 Suppl 1

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