Severe Stunting: Twelve Years Old Going on Five

Amidst the lush landscape and breathtaking natural beauty of Guatemala, more than half the population lives below the poverty line and suffers from chronic malnutrition. In fact, Guatemala has the highest rate of malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere: 50 percent of the population is stunted and, in rural Mayan villages, that figure gets as high as 80 percent. The main cause of stunted growth, experts say, is lack of vital nutrients during the first thousand days of life, that critical period...Full Story
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