Consequences

  • an undernourished mother inevitably gives birth to an undernourished baby, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of undernutrition.
  • Undernourished girls have a greater likelihood of becoming undernourished mothers who in turn have a greater chance of giving birth to low birth weight babies, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle.
  • This cycle can be compounded further in young mothers, especially adolescent girls who begin childbearing before they have grown and developed enough.