In the present publication, various issues related to the interaction between nutrition and growth are discussed. Children’s growth is determined by genetic composition and influenced significantly by both the amount and the quality of their nutrition. Stunted growth secondary to malnutrition affects millions of children around the world and has an effect not only on their adult heights but also on their health, cognitive development, and quality of life. Millions more suffer from undernutrition that might reduce their ability to achieve their full genetic potential. The physiology of normal growth including new insights into the role of genetics and epigenetics in determining children’s growth is presented. Questions such as how much nutrition for how much growth, the role of protein and other specific food components, the use of biomarkers, and growing with special conditions like food allergy or obesity are reviewed and discussed.

Moshe Phillip, Petah Tikva

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