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Health, nutrition and physical growth in developing nations 
Premananda Bharati (Indian Statistical Institute)
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Swinder Pal Singh (Punjabi University, Patiala, India)
Being Human
Schuster Lab Bragg
Wednesday 7 August, 9:00-10:00, 14:00-15:00, 14:30-15:30, 16:30-17:30 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

Panel on health, nutrition and physical growth proposes to highlight the culture and environment specific situations modifying child nutrition, growth and development resulting in bodily adaptations thus reflecting on overall health scenario of people from spatial temporal viewpoints.

Long Abstract

The full genetic potential for bodily size is achieved only under highly favorable and optimal environmental conditions. Marginalized people are not in a position to provide for the complete nutritional needs of their children. Gender discrimination in the food served to their children has also been found in the families. This panel proposes to highlight the culture and environment specific situations of child nutrition, growth and development resulting in the overall health scenario. The choice of food is generally linked to the availability of the food resources in a given ecological situation and hence the nutrition. Over the years, the social groups have learnt to economize the use of foods to build a cushion in case of the climatic uncertainties which is reflected in their bodily adaptations. The papers invited to this panel would explore variations in health, nutrition and physical growth. Studies are likely to bring forth new information on specific adaptations different populations have undergone.


Different countries strive hard to make their children healthy. The United Nations agencies and funds also focus their attention and funding on children of different nations living under stressful conditions. The regional and cultural variations in Health, Nutrition and Physical Growth can draw our attention to the factors responsible for bringing about these differences. The growth performance of children over the years indicating secular shifts can provide vital clues as to the outcome of the efforts of the parents, society and government in ameliorating the plight of their children.

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