Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 4th, 2005
Researchers in the Netherlands and Vietnam conducted a study "to study whether control of malaria leads to catch-up growth or an increase of obesity in a marginally nourished population. Repeated annual anthropometric surveys were performed from 1995 to 2000. Z-scores for height, weight and BMI for age and weight-for-height were determined by using NCHS 1978 and CDC 2000 reference tables and by the LMS method. Active malaria control that reduced the parasite carrier rate from 50% in 1994 to practically nil in 1998."
"Inhabitants were generally of short stature and very...
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