Global report on children’s nutrition
Date: 29th October 2019
Category: Basic Health and Welfare
UNICEF's report Children, food and nutrition: Growing well in a changing world examines the issue of children, food and nutrition and provides a fresh perspective on this rapidly evolving challenge.
It includes new data and analyses of malnutrition, with the main findings including.
- 149 million children’s growth is stunted, or children are too short for their age
- 50 million children suffer wasting, or are too thin for their height
- 340 million children – or 1 in 2 – suffer from deficiencies in essential vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin A and iron
- 40 million children are overweight or obese
The report notes that a broken food system that fails to provide children with the diets they need to grow healthily is at the centre of the profound triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, hidden hunger and overweight. It also outlines recommendations to put children’s rights at the heart of food systems.