oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Standards for Growth in African Children and the Problem of Food Supplementation Part 1

Volume 24, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In African compared with Western children, slower growth is almost invariable. Although African children of parents in comfortable circumstances have a rate of growth until puberty similar to that of Whites (Kahn and Freedman, 1959, Walker, 1966) , such children usually are accustomed not only to eating a partially Westernised diet, but to better home environments, hygiene practices, medical services, etc.

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