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The complex and contradictory nature of the process of urbanization is manifest in a wide variety of ways. Inherent within the process are patterns of socio-economic differentiation such as class formation, social stratification and complex division of labor. Topics such as urban health and nutrition demand an anthropological perspective insofar as they are products of human culture and specific relations of production at specific periods. In short, a study of human health would be very limited without an understanding of its anthropological and its epidemiological context. The search for causality and correlation would likewise be frustrated. Remarkably, many inquiries into health matters have detached or segragated the health variables from the socio-cultural milieu. The task of this paper is to initiate a preliminary study which attempts to view one facet of human health-- that of malnutrition, as it correlates or articulates with urbanization as a process.