To familiarize everyone with key socioeconomic terms and concepts, we have this new social media series.
For this week, our buzzword is “stunting”.
It refers to low height-for-age that indicates impaired growth in children. This is typically because of persistent undernourishment, which is often linked to poverty, inadequate maternal health and nutrition, regular illness, and inappropriate feeding and care during infancy.
Stunted growth pushes back the physical and cognitive development of children.
Source: World Health Organization
A PIDS study saw that the number of stunted Filipino children can decline by 1 million by 2030 if the Philippines implements key nutrition interventions. Maternal education and the quality of prenatal care also play a role in reducing the prevalence of child stunting.

Know more about child stunting by reading “The Determinants of the Socioeconomic Inequality and the Trajectory of Child Stunting in the Philippines” available at

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