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Characterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and Consensus

Peter Svedberg

in Poverty and Undernutrition

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780198292685
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596957 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292686.003.0002

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Characterization and Measurement of Undernutrition: Controversies and Consensus

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Some of the basic nutrition and economics concepts to be used later in the book are defined and explained. These include the energy identity and the energy balance, as well as the genetic potential and the adjustment paradigms of what constitute undernutrition. The two main methods for measuring and quantifying undernutrition are briefly presented. Some of the long‐standing measurement controversies, to be analysed at length in subsequent chapters, are mentioned here.

Keywords: adjustment paradigm; energy identity; energy balance; genetic potential; undernutrition

Chapter.  5220 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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