Protein-Calorie Malnutrition, The Central Nervous System, and Behavior

  • Robin B. Kanarek
  • Robin Marks-Kaufman


Malnutrition is a major health problem throughout the world. Although we usually associate malnutrition with conditions of poverty in underdeveloped countries, recent reports have clearly demonstrated that modern nations, including the United States, are not immune to this problem. Malnutrition may have an impact on as many as a half-million children in this country. Low birth weight, growth failure, weakened resistance to infection, increased vulnerability to environmental toxins such as lead, and other consequences of nutritional deficiency are not infrequent among low-income pediatric populations in this country (Physicians’ Task Force on Hunger in America 1985; Brown 1987).


Intellectual Performance Growth Failure Severe Malnutrition Malnourished Child Heart Rate Deceleration 
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  • Robin B. Kanarek
    • 1
  • Robin Marks-Kaufman
    • 1
  1. 1.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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