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Spectrum of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive determinants of child undernutrition: a multisectoral cross-sectional study in rural Mozambique
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    Is malnutrition intervention as complex as it seems?

    The authors did an excellent job explaining this research article. However, there are few gas I will like to fill and address.

    Firstly, through out the writing, authors keep switching between the terminologies undernutrion and malnutrition even though they have two different meanings. This made it seems as though under nutriton means malnutrition which is not the case. Accoridng to World Health Organization (WHO) (1) manutrition can be defined as unbalanced diet meaning excess or limited amount of any of the six classes of food. Malnutrition can occur when a food supply is either scarce or abundant. For example :
    Obesity is a form of malnutrition, but it is not undenturtion, but rather overnutriton. Someone who is overweight can be malnourished. Under nutrition on the other hand refers specifically to a deficiency of food, nutrients and/or energy. It the most common form of malnutrition, but not the only type. Undernutrition is caused by inadequate intake, absorption, or use of nutrients, food and energy. It can also mean insufficient intake of energy, and nutrients an individual need to meet or maintain good health. Someone can be malnourished and not undernourished.

    Secondly, the authors mentioned there are three types of undernutition. Accoridng to WHO there are four sub-types of undernutrition which are : stunting, wasting, underweight and deficiency of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). The authors completely failed to mention the fourth sub...

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