The strange and surprising debate over how to help a malnourished kid

by Emily Sohn

Photo: Elizabeth Maidl/courtesy of Washington University at St. Louis

It used to be common knowledge: Malnourished kids need more protein to thrive. Then came a scathing paper in the Lancet in 1974 called “The Great Protein Fiasco.” Filled with sarcasm, it argued that the nutrition community’s fixation on protein was a waste of time and money.