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Early childhood stunting is associated with lower developmental levels in the subsequent generation of children.

A group of researches, including two of our Steering Committee members, found that the impact of stunting (linear growth retardation) on development continues in the next generation of children. The study was a prospective cohort study of the children of participants in the Jamaica supplementation and stimulation study. The analysis compared children born to a parent who was stunted at age 9-24 mo, and did not receive the stimulation intervention, with children born to a parent in the nonstunted group. If replicated, these findings have important implications for estimation of the cost of stunting to social and economic development.