GROWTH SUMMIT: ADVANCING NUTRITION SCIENCE FOR OPTIMAL CHILDHOOD GROWTH
Robert E. Black, MD
Institute for International Programs
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Dr Black discusses the impact of undernutrition on growth faltering and morbidity in children that are stunted or at risk of growth stunting. Inadequate diet, infectious diseases, environmental enteropathy, and toxic exposures to mycotoxins are all substantial contributors to growth faltering. Dr Black also discusses evidence that food supplementation with nutrition education may help lower risk for mortality and long term consequences from suboptimal growth.