alexa Malnutrition in Children

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Malnutrition in Children

The malnutrition of children remains a major public health concern in developing countries. It is both the cause and consequence of poverty. Malnutrition is held for the death of more than a third of the children aged less than five years worldwide. Malnutrition can present as acute malnutrition with wasting, as chronic malnutrition with stunted growth or in the case of over nutrition, as overweight and obesity. The anthropometric indicators weight-for-height and height-for-age allow to evaluate these two types of malnutrition by using a z score or the percentile in relationship with the median of the referred population. The International Pediatric  Association officially recommended the use of WHO’s standards which it describes as “an effective tool to detect both malnutrition and overweight”.


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