An Intergenerational Approach to Break the Cycle of Malnutrition

Katherine R. Arlinghaus, Chelsea Truong, Craig A. Johnston, Daphne C. Hernandez

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Purpose of Review: This article examines how nutritional status is treated throughout the lifecycle. In doing so, the review identifies promising life stages during which intervention may improve nutritional status of future generations. Recent Findings: A life course perspective suggests that nutritional changes are most likely to be sustained when they occur during times of developmental transition, such as pregnancy or adolescence. Adolescence is a unique period in which malnutrition in future generations may be addressed because it is the first life stage at which pregnancy becomes feasible and individuals seek independence from parents. Summary: A need exists to begin investigating not just how nutrition changes are sustained throughout the lifespan, but how nutritional intervention in one generation impacts the next. This intergenerational approach should be undertaken with cross-discipline collaboration to have the best chance at impacting underlying determinants of malnutrition like poverty and women’s education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Nutrition Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Life stage
  • Obesity
  • Overnutrition
  • Undernutrition
  • Underweight

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