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700 million children lack proper nutrition across the globe

Published : Friday, 18 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 213

700 million children lack proper nutrition across the globe

700 million children lack proper nutrition across the globe

A recent assessment of UN on childhood nutrition portrayed a depressing scenario. Around 700 million children below five years age is malnourished or over weight across the world. And this health issue among the minors are likely to trigger lifelong health problems. Moreover, the recent findings have identified three causes behind the crisis--under nutrition, a lack of crucial micronutrients and obesity. It also says that, the diet problem for millions of people in both rich and poor countries has changed. And the aftermath is many more children are suffering not from straight-up hunger but malnutrition like vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

UN's current report investigates that 149 million children under the age of 5 are too short for their age, while 50 million are too thin for their height. More and more kids, meanwhile, are eating nutritionally poor diets much earlier in life instead of getting fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods that they need.

This malnourishment is the result of 'Hidden hunger', meaning families may be able to get plenty of cheap food, but not the right kind of food, such as fruits and vegetables which contains vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, Bangladesh is in the list of malnutrition children too, even though Bangladesh has made strides in reducing stunted growth among children (aged under 5) to 36.1 percent from 45 percent over the period 2005 to 2016, the problem with millions of malnourished children yet persists.

Nevertheless, it is definitely a call to arms. We cannot neglect this issue as child under nutrition and malnourishment has major consequences. If our children are not fed healthy diets, we are putting a huge question mark on the future of our society. The government should impose taxes on sugary foods and beverages and limit the sale of 'junk food' near schools. Therefore, we need to understand and address malnutrition in the most efficient manner. The country's media can play a vital role by carrying out countrywide campaigning programmes.

When it comes to ensuring food security, policy interventions must take into account measures that will increase food price stability, and recovery of local agricultural and food markets. To finish with, there have to be concerted efforts by the health and food ministries to ensure that nutritious food is easily accessible to those who need it the most.

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