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Diet Quality, Child Health, and Food Policies in Developing Countries

AGRICULTURE AMINO ACIDS ANTE-NATAL CARE BABY BACTERIA BACTERIAL INFECTIONS BEER BEHAVIOURAL FACTORS BEVERAGES BIRTH SPACING BLINDNESS BREAD BREAST CANCER BULLETIN BUTTER CA CALCIUM CARBOHYDRATE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES CAROTENE CASSAVA CEREALS CHEESE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CHILD FEEDING CHILD GROWTH CHILD HEALTH CHILD HEALTH OUTCOMES CHILD MORBIDITY CHILD NUTRITION CHILD NUTRITIONAL STATUS CHOLERA CHRONIC DISEASE CONTRACEPTIVES COOKING DAIRY DAIRY DEVELOPMENT DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIABETES DIARRHEA DIET DIETARY ENERGY DIETARY INTAKES DIETS DRIED FISH DRINKING WATER DRUGS EARLY CHILDHOOD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ECONOMIC GROWTH ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY EGGS EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH EPIDEMIOLOGY ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS FAMILY HEALTH FAMILY PLANNING FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS FATS FEEDING FERMENTATION FERTILITY FIBER FOOD CONSUMPTION FOOD CONSUMPTION PATTERNS FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOOD FORTIFICATION FOOD INTAKE FOOD LABELING FOOD MICROBIOLOGY FOOD POLICIES FOOD POLICY FOOD POLICY RESEARCH FOOD PREFERENCES FOOD PRICES FOOD PRODUCTION FOOD SCIENCE FOOD SHORTAGES FOOD SUPPLEMENTATION FOOD SUPPLEMENTATION PROGRAMS FOOD SUPPLIES FOODS FORTIFIED FOODS FRUIT FRUITS GLOBAL HEALTH GRAINS GROWTH RETARDATION HAND WASHING HANDWASHING HEALTH EDUCATION HEALTH FACILITIES HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE HEALTH INITIATIVES HEALTH INSURANCE HEALTH OUTCOMES HEALTH POLICIES HEALTH POLICY HEALTH PROMOTION HEALTH STATUS HEALTH SYSTEM HIGH FERTILITY LEVELS HOUSEHOLD SIZE HUMAN BODY HUMAN CAPITAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT HUNGER HYGIENE IMMUNIZATION IMMUNIZATIONS INFANT INFANT GROWTH INFANTS INFECTION INFECTIOUS DISEASES INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY INTERVENTION IODINE IRON IRON DEFICIENCIES IRON DEFICIENCY JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY LABELING LABOR FORCE LACTATING MOTHERS LARGE NUMBER OF WOMEN LIFESTYLES LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS MAIZE MAJORITY OF CHILDREN MALNUTRITION MANGOES MASS MEDIA MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH MEAL MEASLES MEAT MEATS MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS METAANALYSIS MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES MICRONUTRIENTS MILK PROCESSING MINERAL MORBIDITY MOTHER NEWBORN NEWBORN INFANTS NUMBER OF CHILDREN NUTRIENT NUTRIENT CONTENT NUTRIENT INTAKE NUTRIENTS NUTRITION NUTRITION COUNSELING NUTRITION EDUCATION NUTRITION RESEARCH NUTRITIONAL INTAKES NUTRITIONAL STATUS NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION NUTS OBESITY OLD CHILDREN ORANGE PAPAYAS PARASITES PEDIATRICS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT PHYSICAL GROWTH PHYSICIANS POLICY DISCUSSIONS POLICY FORMULATION POLICY GOALS POLICY IMPLICATIONS POLICY MAKERS POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER POLIO POPULATION DENSITY POPULATION GROUPS POPULATION SUBGROUPS PORRIDGE POTATO POTATOES PREGNANCY PREGNANCY OUTCOMES PREGNANCY STATUS PREGNANT WOMEN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN PRIMARY EDUCATION PRIMARY SCHOOLS PROCESSED FOODS PRODUCTIVITY PROGRESS PROTEIN PSYCHOLOGISTS PSYCHOLOGY PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLIC POLICY PULSES RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS REFRIGERATION RESEARCH POLICY RESOURCE ALLOCATION RESPECT RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS RICE RISK FACTORS SAFE WATER SANITATION SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMS SNACKS SOCIAL SCIENCES SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS SOFT DRINKS STAPLE FOODS STARVATION STUNTING SUGAR SUGARS SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING TEA TOLERANCE TRADITIONAL SOCIETIES TUBERS UNDERNUTRITION VACCINATION VEGETABLES VITAMIN VITAMIN A VITAMIN B VITAMIN C VITAMINS VOMITING WAR WATER SUPPLIES WEIGHT GAIN WHEAT WORKERS WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION YOUNG CHILD YOUNG CHILDREN
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World Bank Group, Washington, DC
Africa | East Asia and Pacific | South Asia
2014-10-30T20:43:52Z | 2014-10-30T20:43:52Z | 2014-10

Although the importance of diet quality for improving child health is widely recognized, the roles of environmental factors and the absorption of nutrients for children's physical growth and morbidity have not been adequately integrated into a policy framework. Moreover, nutrient intakes gradually affect child health, so it is helpful to use alternative tools to evaluate short-term interventions versus long-term food policies. This article emphasizes the role of diet quality reflected in the intake of nutrients such as protein, calcium, and iron for children's physical growth. Vitamins A and C are important for reducing morbidity. Children's growth and morbidity affect their cognitive development, which is critical for the future supply of skilled labor and economic growth. Evidence on these issues from countries such as Bangladesh, India, Kenya, the Philippines, and Tanzania is summarized. The supply of nutritious foods is appraised from the viewpoint of improving diet quality. Finally, the roles of educational campaigns and indirect taxes on unhealthy processed foods consumed by the affluent in developing countries are discussed.

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