by Goodarz Danaei, Kathryn G. Andrews, Christopher R. Sudfeld et al.
PLOS Medicine – Published: November 1, 2016
A large number of risk factors for stunting have been identified in epidemiological studies. However, the relative contribution of these risk factors to stunting has not been examined across countries. The authors conclude that fetal growth restriction (FGR) and unimproved sanitation are the leading risk factors for stunting in developing countries. Reducing the burden of stunting requires a paradigm shift from interventions focusing solely on children and infants to those that reach mothers and families and improve their living environment and nutrition.