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World wide malnutrition

Jean‐Pierre Habicht (Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, New York, USA)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 June 1983



The nutritional deficiencies of the greatest importance today are five in number: energy, protein, iron, vitamin A and iodine. Deficiency of energy and protein leads in children to stunted growth and in cases of severe deficiency to clinical marasmus, kwashiorkor and millions of deaths a year. Anaemia, common in women and children, is caused above all by iron deficiency. Vitamin A deficiency causes blindness at the rate of about a million cases a year, and most of these end in death. Iodine deficiency results in goitre and six million cretins in the world today.


Habicht, J. (1983), "World wide malnutrition", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 83 No. 6, pp. 18-19.




Copyright © 1983, MCB UP Limited

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