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Stunting and poverty 'could hold back 250m children worldwide'

Lancet says children who do not get the nutrition and care they need will go on to earn an average of 26% less than other people Nearly 250 million young children across the world – 43% of under-fives – are unlikely to fulfil their potential as adults because of stunting and extreme poverty, new figures show. The first three years of life are crucial to a child’s development, according to a series of research papers published in the Lancet medical journal, which says there are also economic costs to the failure to help them grow.
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