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Publication | 10 December 2020

Milk consumption is associated with better height and weight in rural Nepali children over 60 months of age and better head circumference in children 24 to 60 months of age

Child undernutrition afflicts >150 million children worldwide, contributing to poor child growth, increased risk of infections, and loss of developmental potential. Animal-source foods (ASF) can ameliorate these problems by providing high-quality, high-density, and bioavailable protein and micronutrients. However, many children in developing countries lack ASF in their diet, although generally milk is the ASF most often consumed. Nevertheless, the relation of ASF—and that of specific ASF—to child growth in these contexts has been difficult to define, as has the association between diet and child and household factors in influencing growth outcomes.

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