One in four children globally are malnourished to the point of being stunted.¹  Malnutrition causes half of all child deaths...some 3.1 million per year.³

 

By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion.² But, already, one in nine don’t get enough to eat.³

 

The world’s largest hunger relief organization, the U.N. World Food Programme, will reach only about 10% (80 million) of the estimated 805 million who will go hungry this year.³

 

Malnutrition in early childhood is linked to deficits in intellectual development that persist later in life. In one study, children who showed signs of stunting (low height and weight due to malnutrition) by age 2, scored lower on intelligence tests at age 8 and age 11 than children who showed no signs of stunting. ⁴

 

Children who are well-nourished are more likely to go to school and, as adults, will earn an average of 46% more than their malnourished counterparts.⁵

 

Under-nutrition in early life is associated with a 15-point decrease in IQ, which in turn is associated with a 10 per cent drop in earnings.⁶

Sources:
¹ Prevalence and Trends of Stunting among ... Children, Public Health Nutrition, 2012
² 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects, United Nations
³ www.wfp.org
⁴ UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 1998
⁵ Shekar, Meera, Malnutrition: Is it an imperative for improving the health of women and young children? World Bank, 2010
⁶ Hunt, JM, The potential impact of reducing global malnutrition on poverty reduction and economic development, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005

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