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Children in Tibet

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    “They are small but otherwise healthy”. “We need local growth charts because American and European charts are not relevant to these children”. These are things that are said about stunted children in developing countries. But they are wrong. There is good evidence that well nourished children, wherever they live, grow in accord with international growth standards. A report from Tibet (Nancy S Harris and colleagues.New England Journal of Medicine2001;344:341–7) has shown that stunted children there are not …

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