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Discussion on Economic Drivers and Consequences of Stunting


Adair, Linda S. (2013). Discussion on Economic Drivers and Consequences of Stunting.. Gillman, Matthew W.; Gluckman, Peter D.; & Rosenfeld, Ron G. (Eds.) (pp. 143-146). Vevey, Switzerland: Nestec Ltd., S. Karger AG.


Book intro: Secular trends in growth are thought to be driven by improvements in diet and nutrition, and reduced morbidity, both of which relate to underlying social and economic factors. Dr. Alderman’s presentation brings an important economic perspective to our understanding of what drives healthy growth by considering how economic change influences child growth and development outcomes, and in turn, how early growth relates to adult human capital. This model is critical for estimating the economic returns to investment in child nutrition programs, thus informing child health policy. The presentation highlighted not only the important studies relating improved nutrition to better cognitive development and schooling, but also recent work on how faster child growth rates related to increased risk obesity and increased risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in adulthood. The latter raises the important question of evaluating “trade-offs” when considering the long-term effects of early child nutrition.


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Nestle Nutrition Institute Workshop Series


Adair, Linda S.