10 Facts about Malnutrition
- Hunger and malnutrition usually go hand-in-hand. However, there is no guarantee that an abundance of food will stamp out malnutrition.
- The cost of malnutrition is close to 5% of the world’s GDP.
- According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition affects one in three people worldwide.
- There are different categories of malnutrition. Secondary malnutrition, Over-nutrition, and U
- Malnutrition is not only related to food. It is a more complex interaction between the foods consumed, the state of health and the physical environment.
- Malnutrition can begin as early as conception.
- Child malnutrition is a widespread issue. UNICEF estimates that nearly 195 million children are malnourished worldwide.
- On average, adults who were malnourished as children will earn at least 20% less than those who weren’t.
- The first two years of a child’s life are critical for preventing malnutrition. Sustaining the quality and quantity of a child’s diet during this period can prevent future problems.
- Action Against Hunger tackles malnutrition using an integrated nutrition strategy.