Malnutrition and child mortality
[Excepted from Cornell Focus, vol 5, 1996.]
According to Dr. David Pelletier with the Division of Nutritional Science at Cornell University, "More than half of all children's deaths in the Third World are due to malnutrition's interactive effects on disease. Of these deaths, more than 80% are due to mild-to-moderate, not severe, malnutrition." His research group developed a model to estimate malnutrition based on age-to-weight data. "Children with severe malnutrition have a risk of death 8.4 times higher than children who are adequately nourished. Children with moderate malnutrition have a 4.6 higher risk, and those with mild malnutrition have a 2.5 higher risk." Return to Index.
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