Tuesday, December 24, 2013
World Bank: Low IQ caused by Outdoor Defecation
One of its Senior Officers (pic) has discovered another cause of stunted growth and stunted cognitive capability of Third World people: defecating outdoors. If only they would be provided running water toilets, their children would grow taller and would have higher IQs. Seriously, Let copy some of his ideas:
Did you know that in communities where a high proportion of people defecate outdoors, children are on average shorter than children living in communities where most people use toilets?
New research in Cambodia conducted jointly by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE) shows that open defecation contributes significantly to stunting of children.
... Does this small difference in height matter? Yes it does, because children are not making up for this height loss in their early years and as a result will not achieve their full cognitive potential.
Long-term research studies following individuals in the US and the UK have shown that taller children are more likely to become taller adults, and taller adults are more likely to earn more income, as pointed out by professors at Princeton University Anne Case and Christina Paxson in their research.
Therefore, any linkage between sanitation and child height reveals that exposure to open defecation can be a serious barrier for children growing into tall, smart and ultimately productive adults. This means that tackling open defecation deserves the focused attention of policy makers...