Effects of Malnutrition on Brain Development

  • Myron Winick
  • Pedro Rosso


During the past 15 years, it has become increasingly clear that severe malnutrition imposed during certain critical periods of development will affect brain growth and function. Because infantile malnutrition still constitutes one of the greatest health problems in the world, since even by conservative estimates 300 million people may have been afflicted by malnutrition in infancy, it would seem important to examine, critically, the evidence upon which this statement is based. The purpose of this chapter is to review normal brain growth, to examine the data leading up to the “critical periods” hypothesis, and to document the effects of undernutrition during these critical periods.


Anorexia Nervosa Cellular Growth Myelin Sheath Total Lipid Content Cholesterol Sulfate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Myron Winick
    • 1
  • Pedro Rosso
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Human Nutrition, College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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