Reviewer: Amy Hess Fischl, MS RDN LDN BC-ADM CDE(University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: Part of the World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics series, this compilation of articles covers the very timely topic of malnutrition in infants and young children.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the causes and consequences of malnutrition during the first three years of life as well as to introduce possible interventions and programs available around the world. While it is a very specific topic and does not apply to everyone, it touches all healthcare professionals who work with infants and toddlers.
Audience: While the authors and editors don't describe their audience, the book is appropriate primarily for obstetricians, pediatricians, and other healthcare professionals who work with infants and toddlers.
Features: The book is very straightforward with no photos and very few tables or figures, and it really covers a lot of territory. Each of the articles/chapters discusses a different topic. The first section starts with an introduction highlighting how cognitive development is affected in the first 1,000 days of life. The next section is composed of five articles focusing on malnutrition in high-income countries: Germany, France, the U.S.. and Canada. Three additional articles describe nutrition transition and nutritional deficiencies in low income countries Cambodia, Tanzania, and Kenya. Four additional articles cover the consequences of hidden hunger and focus on vitamin A and the brain, and iodine and zinc deficiency. The bulk of the book (11 articles) describe interventions to improve nutrition security. Two articles cover the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition, specifically discussing the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action, both meant to give specific goals to prevent and control micronutrient deficiencies.
Assessment: The book truly covers a timely topic that affects the entire world. It would be a good reference for healthcare professionals who work with infants and toddlers.