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Poverty and Undernutrition$
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Peter Svedberg

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292686.001.0001

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Anthropometric Indicators of Undernutrition: Measurements and Evidence

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(p.153) 11 Anthropometric Indicators of Undernutrition: Measurements and Evidence
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Poverty and Undernutrition
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Peter Svedberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198292686.003.0011

This chapter sets out by assessing the uniform height and weight norms established by the WHO, which are conventionally used to gauge the anthropometric status of people of different age and sex, worldwide. The available estimates of the prevalence of undernutrition in sub‐Saharan Africa and South Asia are compared to estimates from other regions. Most observations are for young children and, to a lesser extent, for females of reproductive age. The anthropometric status of these population groups in the various countries, along age and gender lines and also the rural/urban divide, are mapped. A puzzling finding is that the prevalence of undernutrition, when measured by anthropometrics—both in young children and adult women—is by far the highest in South Asia, while the (FAO) food‐supply‐based estimates find the incidence to be the highest in sub‐Saharan Africa (also see Ch. 18).

Keywords:   Africa, anthropometric status, Asia, FAO, gender, rural, undernutrition, urban, WHO, young children

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