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A 2-year-old girl living on the streets of Manila: The Philippines' ratio of children suffering from stunted growth -- 1 in 3 -- has held steady for two decades. (Photo by Jilson Tiu)
Asia Insight

Chronic malnutrition stunts Asia's rising-star economies

Over 30% of Indian, Filipino and Indonesian kids never get chance to reach potential

MIKHAIL FLORES and ROSEMARY MARANDI, Nikkei staff writers | India

MUMBAI/MANILA -- Malti Bhogade's twin daughters died soon after they were born.

Bhogade, a 32-year old farm laborer working 150 km north of India's financial capital Mumbai, delivered her babies prematurely in January. One died almost instantly due to malnutrition. The other died of a heart attack within a month. "It was painful to lose them," she said.

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