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Does Malnutrition Affect Fecundity? A Summary of Evidence
New Series, Vol. 208, No. 4444 (May 9, 1980), pp. 564-569
Published by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1683511
Page Count: 6
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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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