4 min read.Updated: 04 Jul 2013, 07:28 PM ISTDean Spears
Debates on malnutrition ignore links with sanitation and disease and the burdens these impose on children
Children in India are among the shortest in the world. Widespread child stunting is a human development tragedy. This is not because there is anything wrong with being short or anything inherently good about being tall. The tragedy is because of what makes children short: we all have different genetic potential heights, but children who suffer poor early life health and net nutrition will not grow to their genetic potential. Crucially, children with poor net nutrition in their first two years of life not only fail to grow as tall as they could, their brains and bodies also fail to fully develop.