Acta Paediatrica

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Edited By: Hugo Lagercrantz

Impact Factor: 1.674

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 52/120 (Pediatrics)

Online ISSN: 1651-2227

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December 2015: Transition between stunted and nonstunted status in Malawi children
Global estimates suggest that 162 million children under the age of five suffer from stunting, faltered length or height gain, as a result of chronic under nutrition and more than a third live in sub-Saharan Africa. Tiina Teivaanmäki et al have followed the growth of 767 children in Malawi from the foetal period until 15 years of age. Most two-year olds (80%) were stunted, but this had declined to 37% at 15 years of age, although new cases had occurred too. Only 9% of boys and 20% of girls had reached advanced puberty by the age of 15, suggesting significant further growth potential.

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