One child in four too malnourished to grow properly

| 15/02/2012

pg-2-malnutrition-afp-getty.jpg(The Independent): A quarter of young children around the world are not getting enough nutrients to grow properly, and 300 die of malnutrition every hour, according to a new report that lays bare the effects of the global food crisis. There are 170 million children aged under five whose development has been stunted by malnutrition because of lack of food for them and their breastfeeding mothers, and the situation is getting significantly worse, according to research by the charity Save the Children. In Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Peru and Nigeria recent rises in global food prices are forcing the parents of malnourished children to cut back on food and pull children out of school to work.

According to the report, A Life Free from Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition, a third of parents surveyed said their children routinely complain they donot have enough to eat. One in six parents can never afford to buy meat, milk or vegetables. It suggests that six out of 10 children in Afghanistan are not getting enough nutrients to avoid stunted growth.

"If no concerted action is taken," warns Justin Forsyth, the charity's chief executive, "half a billion children will be physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years".

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Those same monstersconcerned about population 7 billion being too much is the cause of these poor kids starving! they are responsible for unfair and biased healthcare where only the rich and famous can pay to extend their lives by paying these greed doctor sharks and these same criminals would like to play God and reduce the population on the earth, so these poor kids starving was well planned out!

    Open your eyes, stories you hear about these organizations of wickedness is very true..