Children Living at Elevated Altitudes in India Face Higher Risk of Stunted Growth: BMJ Study


New research published in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health reveals that children residing in India at altitudes of 2,000 meters or higher above sea level face a 40% increased risk of stunted growth compared to those inhabiting regions 1,000 meters below. This finding underscores the importance of addressing nutritional needs in children living in high-altitude regions.

According to the study, children dwelling at higher altitudes in India face unique challenges that contribute to their increased risk of stunted growth. The research team, led by Dr. S.K. Srivastava from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, analyzed data from the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) conducted between 2015 and 2016. The study included over 32,000 children under the age of five.

The findings suggest that children living at higher altitudes are more susceptible to malnutrition due to various factors, including limited access to nutritious food, poor water quality, and environmental conditions that impact nutrient absorption. These challenges can hinder children’s growth and development, leading to stunted growth.

The study emphasizes the need for targeted interventions to address the unique nutritional needs of children living in high-altitude regions. This may include initiatives to improve access to nutritious food, ensure clean water sources, and promote awareness about the importance of proper nutrition for children’s growth and development.

In conclusion, the research highlights the importance of addressing the nutritional needs of children living at higher altitudes in India, as they face a significantly increased risk of stunted growth. By implementing targeted interventions, we can help ensure that these children receive the proper nutrition they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

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