This post explores the risks posed by all forms of malnutrition, starting from the earliest stages of development.
Fact 8: About 41 million children under age five are overweight
The rise in overweight and obesity worldwide is a major public health challenge. People of all ages and backgrounds face this form of malnutrition. As a consequence, rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other diet-related conditions are escalating worldwide. These are very difficult to treat in places with limited resources and with already overburdened health systems. *According to 2016 figures
Fact 9: Nutrition information is key to spot areas where assistance is most needed
WHO released international child growth standards that provide benchmarks to compare children’s nutritional status within and across countries and regions. Also, a nutrition landscape information system, developed by WHO and partners, provides country profiles on key nutrition indicators and affecting factors such as food, health, and care.
Fact 10: Policy and intervention efforts are underway to save lives
Science has moved forward, and evidenced-based actions that will improve nutritional health – particularly for the most vulnerable – are known. In response, WHO and partners are working together to provide scientific advice to countries, as well as user-friendly, web-based tools
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