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Child Stunting Is Humanitarian, Economic Issue

The Guardian: The Guardian view on stunting: malnutrition is holding millions of children back
Editorial Board

“…Though stunting is a physical measure, and is associated with the increased risk of some chronic diseases such as diabetes in [the] future, it is also an important indicator that [children’s] mental development may have been affected. … Malnourished children also have little energy, further diminishing their ability to learn and escape poverty. Research suggests they are less likely to be enrolled in school, and learn less when they are there. … Jim Yong Kim, [president of the World Bank and] a former doctor, says that stunting is not only the outcome of the unfair distribution of resources: it drives such imbalances, too … The problem is not only humanitarian, but economic. And it is in the interest of governments to act … because they cannot compete if large portions of their workforces are stunted. … Swift action can bring immense benefits to a generation. … When we talk of children growing to their full potential, we speak more literally than we realize” (9/30).

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