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Poverty and UndernutritionTheory, Measurement, and Policy$
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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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Characterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and Consensus

Characterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and Consensus

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(p.17) 2 Characterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and Consensus
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Poverty and Undernutrition
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Peter Svedberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198292686.003.0002

Some of the basic nutrition and economics concepts to be used later in the book are defined and explained. These include the energy identity and the energy balance, as well as the genetic potential and the adjustment paradigms of what constitute undernutrition. The two main methods for measuring and quantifying undernutrition are briefly presented. Some of the long‐standing measurement controversies, to be analysed at length in subsequent chapters, are mentioned here.

Keywords:   adjustment paradigm, energy identity, energy balance, genetic potential, undernutrition

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