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The State of the World’s Children 2019

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  • For the first time in 20 years, UNICEF’s flagship report examines the issue of children, food and nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge.
  • One third of children under age 5 are malnourished stunted, wasted or overweight while two thirds are at risk of malnutrition and hidden hunger because of the poor quality of their diets.
  • At the center of this challenge is a broken food system that fails to provide children with the diets they need to grow healthy.
  • This report also provides new data and analyses of malnutrition in the 21st century and outlines recommendations to put children’s rights at the heart of food systems.
  • Around 200 million children under-five are either undernourished or overweight, while one-in-three globally - and almost two-thirds of children between the fragile ages of six months to two years - are not fed food that nurtures proper development
  • The lack of adequate nutrition increases youngsters’ vulnerability to health problems, namely poor brain development, weak learning, low immunity, increased susceptibility to infections and in many cases, premature death.
  • Despite growing technological advances to address health and nutrition, the world has lost sight of “the most basic fact: If children eat poorly, they live poorly”
  • It is not just about getting children enough to eat; it is above all about getting them the right food to eat.


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