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Does Malnutrition Affect Fecundity? A Summary of Evidence

John Bongaarts
Science
New Series, Vol. 208, No. 4444 (May 9, 1980), pp. 564-569
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1683511
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Does Malnutrition Affect Fecundity? A Summary of Evidence
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Abstract

Moderate chronic malnutrition has only a minor effect on fecundity (reproductive capacity), and the resulting effect on fertility (actual reproduction) is very small. Among the fecundity components examined here in noncontracepting populations, age at menarche and the duration of lactational amenorrhea appear to be the ones most affected by malnutrition. But from neither of those effects can a difference in fertility of more than a few percent be expected between poorly and well-nourished women in developing countries.

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