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Story Publication logo June 26, 2014

Childhood Malnutrition a Paradox in Agriculturally Rich Guatemala


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In Guatemala, an effort is underway to reverse a stubborn trend: about 50 percent of children are so...

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Without intervention 50 to 70 percent of Guatemalan children will continue to grow up malnourished, costing their families and society in the long run. Image by Hari Sreenivasan. Guatemala, 2014.

In Guatemala – the country with the highest rates of malnutrition in the Americas – roughly half of the nation's children are "stunted" and experience slow growth, poor school performance and, later in life, lower economic productivity. In the heavily Mayan western highlands of Guatemala, where poverty rates top 80 percent, the ratio of stunted children is closer to 7 in 10. Roger Thurow and Hari Sreenivasan report for the PBS NewsHour.


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