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WHO warns about increased acute malnutrition in children

WHO warns about increased acute malnutrition in children

Geneva, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday regretted about 45 million children under five in wasting, the most acute form of malnutrition, increasing the risk of death up to 12 times.

Following latest report on food security globally, WHO also pointed out that 149 million children under five showed delayed growth due to chronic lack of essential nutrients in their diets, while 39 million were overweight.

The document, instead, praised achievements in exclusive breastfeeding, feeding nearly 44% of infants under six months with breastmilk.

WHO´s document referred to the setback in efforts to crack down on hunger and malnutrition, as the hunger figures soared to 828 million.

Nearly 924 million people (11.7% of global total) faced food insecurity at severe levels, an increase of 207 million in two years.

Nearly 3,1 billion could not have a healthy diet in 2020, 112 million above those of 2019, reflecting the inflation impacts on consumer food prices.

Looking ahead, projections show that nearly 670 million people (8% of international population) will still be facing hunger in 2030.


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