Nutrition: One-Sixth of a Nation

Dr. Arnold E. Schaefer of the U.S. Public Health Service has studied nutrition levels in 33 developing nations and, unsurprisingly, found evidence of widespread hunger in most of them. Nearly two years ago, after Congress ordered a nutrition survey, Schaefer focused on his own country and, surprisingly, found that malnutrition is just as severe among the U.S. poor.

Testifying last week before Democrat George McGovern's Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, Schaefer reported that of 12,000 people examined (mostly in Texas, Louisiana and Kentucky, plus several hundred from upstate New York),...

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