Date of Graduation
Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)
College of Arts and Sciences
Jesse K. Anttila-Hughes
High temperatures caused by climate change significantly impact society, including child nutrition. Our research focuses on the impact of high temperatures on the anthropometric outcomes of children aged 1 to 5 in 54 countries worldwide. We analyze the historical climate and anthropometric data to evaluate the effect of high temperature on weight-for-age (WAZ) and weight-for-height (WHZ) in children. Results indicate that high temperatures negatively affect child nutrition, particularly in areas above 20°C, and children in rural areas are more vulnerable. The impact of monthly temperature on child anthropometric outcomes varies across countries, regions, and cultural practices. Economic status alone is insufficient to address the negative effects of high temperatures on child nutrition. Targeted interventions addressing socio-economic factors and improving healthcare and sanitation are necessary for better child health outcomes.
Cancino Garcia, Natalia A., "The Impact of High Temperatures on Child Anthropometric Outcomes Worldwide" (2023). Master's Theses. 1499.
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