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Nutrition
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Nutrition

    Overview

    Nutrition is a critical part of health and development. Better nutrition is related to improved infant, child and maternal health, stronger immune systems, safer pregnancy and childbirth, lower risk of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and longevity.

    Healthy children learn better. People with adequate nutrition are more productive and can create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of poverty and hunger.

    Malnutrition, in every form, presents significant threats to human health. Today the world faces a double burden of malnutrition that includes both undernutrition and overweight, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

    WHO is providing scientific advice and decision-making tools that can help countries take action to address all forms of malnutrition to support health and wellbeing for all, at all ages.

    This fact file explores the risks posed by all forms of malnutrition, starting from the earliest stages of development, and the responses that the health system can give directly and through its influence on other sectors, particularly the food system.

     

     

    149 million children

    under 5 are

    Stunted

    49 million children

    under 5 are

    Wasted

    41% infants

    under 6 months are

    66顺彩票appExclusively breastfed

    40 million children

    under 5 are

    Overweight

    33% women

    of reproductive age

    66顺彩票apphave Anaemia

    15% babies

    are born with

    Low birth weight

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    Ambition and action in nutrition 2016-2025

    In the context of a renewed global momentum for improving nutrition and a resultant increased complexity of the nutrition landscape, the Programme Area...

    Healthy diet
    24 December 2019

    Healthy diet

    Consuming a healthy diet throughout the life-course helps prevent malnutrition in all its forms as well as a range of noncommunicable diseases and conditions....

    A healthy diet sustainably produced

     A safe and healthy diet contributes to an optimal state of health and protects against all forms of malnutrition. It also reduces the risk of noncommunicable...

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    e-Learning

    The Nutrition Knowledge Hub

    Contact

    Department of Nutrition for Health and Development

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