Adaptation to Undernourishment

Partha Dasgupta

in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

Published in print June 1995 | ISBN: 9780198288350
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596094 | DOI:
 Adaptation to Undernourishment

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Adaptation to undernourishment is discussed in eight sections: (1) the international incidence of calorie deficiency; (2) genetic, physiological, and behavioural adaptation to undernourishment; (3) short‐term adjustment, or homeostasis; (4) homeostasis and the magnitude of undernourishment; (5) long‐term adaptation; (6) metabolic disequilibrium; (7) food intake, efficient productivity, and stature; and (8) physical activity possibility sets.

Keywords: adaptation; calorie deficiency; food intake; homeostasis; metabolic disequilibrium; physical activity; stature; undernourishment

Chapter.  17407 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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