When thinking about hunger and food insecurity, it is intuitive to believe that those affected will be underweight. This may not be entirely accurate however, especially for children.
A recent World Food Programme article suggests that growth stunting may actually be more indicative of nutritional insufficiency than being mathematically underweight. This deviation from the growth curve can apparently have significant detrimental long term health outcomes if not corrected quickly.
The fight against stunting is making progress in many regions, but the progress in Africa has lagged behind.
I hope to explore this concept further in the Lose Weight Fight Hunger blog, as growth stunting as a measure of nutritional insufficiency may be a more useful tool by which to examine the true extent of the hunger epidemic.