The State of the World's Children 1998: Focus on Nutrition

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Figure 7. Intergenerational cycle of growth failure

The cycle of poor nutrition perpetuates itself across generations. Young girls who grow poorly become stunted woman and are more likely to give birth to low--birthweight children. If those infants are girls, they are likely to continue the cycle by being stunted in adulthood., if something isn't done to break the cycle. Adolescent pregnancy heightens the risk of low birthweight and the difficulty of breaking the cycle. Support is needed for good nutrition at all these stages-- infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood -- especially for girls and women.

Source: ACC/SCN Second report on the World Nutrition Situation: Vol.1: Global and Regional Results, ACC/SCN Geneva, 1992

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