Nutritional deficiencies in the developing world: Current status and opportunities for intervention

Yasir Khan, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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Abstract

Several contributory factors such as poverty, lack of purchasing power, household food insecurity, and limited general knowledge about appropriate nutritional practices increase the risk of undernutrition in developing countries. The synergistic interaction between inadequate dietary intake and disease burden leads to a vicious cycle that accounts for much of the high morbidity and mortality in these countries. Three groups of underlying factors contribute to inadequate dietary intake and infectious disease: inadequate maternal and child care, household food insecurity, and poor health services in an unhealthy environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1441
Number of pages33
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Volume57
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Dietary supplementation
  • Disease burden
  • Food Insecurity
  • Malnurtition
  • Micronutrients
  • Stunting
  • Undernutrition
  • Wasting

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