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IDS Bulletin Vol. 40 Nos. 4

Persistent Stunting in Middle Childhood: The Case of Andhra Pradesh Using Longitudinal Data

Published on 1 July 2009

This article looks at what observable characteristics influence a child being persistently stunted, moving from being stunted or moving into being stunted in middle childhood, between 7 and 12, using longitudinal data for Andhra Pradesh. It finds the key factors that help a child move out of being stunted are mother’s education and coming from the more prosperous region of Coastal Andhra. In contrast, the key factors that pushed a child into being stunted were the child being a girl and being a younger sibling. We also find that children who moved out of being stunted consume a diet higher in protein and micronutrients than others. The article suggests that even if a child starts middle childhood with significant shortfalls in height accrued from earlier on in life, nutritional interventions and adult female education may have a positive impact on linear growth and perhaps mitigate consequences of early age stunting.

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Himaz, R. (2009) Persistent Stunting in Middle Childhood: The Case of Andhra Pradesh Using Longitudinal Data. IDS Bulletin 40(4): 30-38

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