Children Living at High Altitudes Found to Be More Stunted

A new study, conducted by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Addis Ababa University, finds that children who live at higher altitudes are more stunted than their peers living at lower altitudes.Children Living at High Altitudes Found to Be More Stunted

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data including height and age of more than 950,000 children from 59 countries. The data were obtained from the Advancing Research on Nutrition and Agriculture (AReNA) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Senior Research Fellow and co-author of the study Kalle Hirvonen says: “The data clearly indicated that those residing in ideal-home environments grew at the same rate as the median child in the growth standard developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), but only until about 500 meters above sea level (masl). After 500 masl, the average child height-for-age significantly deviated from the growth curve of the median child in the reference population.”

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