Q. Consider the following statements:
1. Wasting is defined as low weight-for-age.
2. A child who is underweight may be stunted, wasted or both.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B
Notes:
  • Statement 1 is incorrect: Wasting is defined as low weight-for-height. It often indicates recent and severe weight loss, although it can also persist for a long time. 
  • Statement 2 is correct: Underweight is defined as low weight-for-age. A child who is underweight may be stunted, wasted or both. 

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