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21 October - 17 November
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Trends and determinants of global child malnutrition

What can we learn from history?

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Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

A talk by Eric Schneider exploring how child malnutrition, measured through child growth, has changed over the past 150 years around the world.

What’s it about?

Children with poor nutrition or who are exposed to high levels of chronic disease grow more slowly than healthy children. This makes children’s growth a sensitive measure of how population health has evolved over time.

In this talk, Eric Schneider shows how child growth has changed around the world since the 19th century. He will link changes in child growth to child stunting – children who are too short for their age relative to healthy standards – which is the most common indicator used to measure malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries today. The talk will also explore the key determinants of poor child growth and will consider what lessons historical analysis of child malnutrition has for tackling child stunting today.

Who’s leading the event?

Professor Eric Schneider, Professor of Economic History at LSE

Chaired by Professor Patrick Wallis, Professor of Economic History at LSE

Event Booking details

This public event is free and open to all. This event will be a hybrid event, with an in-person audience and an online audience. 

For the in-person event: No ticket or pre-registration is required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQs: 

For the online event: Registration for this event will open after 10am on Thursday 26 October.

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