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Increasing gap in human height between rich and poor countries associated to their different intakes of N and P
Peñuelas, Josep (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals)
Janssens, Ivan A. (University of Antwerp. Research Group of Plant and Vegetation Ecology)
Ciais, Philippe (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement)
Obersteiner, Michael (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)
Krisztin, Tamás (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)
Piao, Shilong (Sino-French Institute for Earth System Science)
Sardans i Galobart, Jordi (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals)

Date: 2017
Abstract: We analyzed mean height of men born in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in 80 countries. Both height and the change in height during the last decades were correlated with N and P intake, as well as the N:P intake ratio. Rich countries had higher per capita N and P intake than poor countries (on average 19. 5 ± 0. 3 versus 9. 66 ± 0. 18 kg N y−1 and 2. 17 ± 0. 04 versus 1. 35 ± 0. 02 kg P y−1), and also larger increases in per capita N intake (12. 1 ± 2. 0% vs. 7. 0 ± 2. 1%) and P intake (7. 6 ± 1. 0% vs 6. 01 ± 0. 7%), during the period 1961–2009. The increasing gap in height trends between rich and poor countries is associated with an increasing gap in nutrition, so a more varied diet with higher N, P, and N:P intake is a key factor to improve food intake quality in poor countries and thus shorten the gap with rich countries. More N and P are needed with the consequent requirements for a better management of the socioeconomic and environmental associated problems.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció EC/FP7/610028
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MINECO/CGL2016-79835-P
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció AGAUR/2014/SGR-274
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Language: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Published in: Scientific Reports, Vol. 7, (December 2017) , art. 17671, ISSN 2045-2322

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-17880-3
PMID: 29247185

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