Stunting, or short height for age, and wasting, or low weight for length/height, are important public health indicators. A third indicator, underweight, or low weight for age, combines information about linear growth retardation and weight for length/height.
Thereof, what is stunting in malnutrition?
Chronic malnutrition, or stunting, is another form of growth failure. Chronic malnutrition occurs over time, unlike acute malnutrition. A child who is stunted or chronically malnourished often appears to be normally proportioned but is actually shorter than normal for his/her age.
What is the cause of stunted growth?
Without it, or without enough of it, growth is slowed or stunted completely. Hypothyroidism: This is a condition caused by low levels of thyroid hormone in the blood. Without enough of this hormone, babies can suffer from poor brain development. Older children can have slow growth and slow metabolism.
What is the stunted generation?
MILLIONS OF NORTH Korean children are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving an entire generation stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said today.