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Malnutrition is a major health problem of young children in the developing countries; either alone, but mostly in combination with other illnesses it accounts for the high mortality in the pre-school child. In addition to the well recognised syndromes of kwashiorkor and marasmus there is also wide-spread subclinical malnutrition in which the growth of the child is below the standard though there may be no obvious illness. From data obtained in field surveys of child health and nutrition, it has been estimated that about one third of the children in the rural areas may have weights below 80 per cent of the local standard.
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