The State of the World's Children 2019

Children, Food and Nutrition - Growing Well in a Changing World

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This report examines nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge. Despite progress in the past two decades, around 200 million under-fives suffer from undernutrition. Adding to this toll is rising obesity, which affects 38 million children. All these forms of malnutrition threaten children’s development, while obesity is creating a lifelong legacy of disease. At the heart of this evolving challenge is a global shift towards modern diets that do not meet children’s nutritional requirements. The report provides unique data and analysis of malnutrition in the 21st century and outlines recommendations to put children’s needs at the heart of global and national food systems.

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An agenda to put children’s nutrition rights first

One word must be at the heart of our response to children’s malnutrition – action. We need action that reflects the core role of food systems, that strengthens the supply of – and demand for – better food, that improves children’s food environments, and that reflects the role of key supportive systems: health, water and sanitation, education and social protection. With action comes another imperative: accountability. Progress must be measured, shared, acted on and celebrated.

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