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Revista chilena de nutrición

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MONCKEBERG B, Fernando. Infant undernutrition. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2014, vol.41, n.2, pp.173-180. ISSN 0717-7518.

Different evaluations and research carried out between 1950 and 1970 showed that undernutrition and poverty during the early years of life were the main cause for early mortality (50% of all deaths in children 0 to 15 years of age) and permanent damage in those who survived. These were a "hidden threat" which hampered the advancement to equal opportunity and the socioeconomic improvement of the country. Making people aware of this reality was crucial to implement interventions to prevent the damage to children before and after birth.

Keywords : infantile protein calorie malnutrition; brain damage; infant mortality.

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