Malnutrition is defined as a state in which the physical function of an individual is impaired to the point where he or she can no longer maintain natural bodily capacities such as growth, pregnancy, lactation, learning ability, physical work and resisting and recovering from disease.
Undernourishment describes the status of people whose food intake does not include sufficient calories (energy) to meet minimum physiological needs.
•1 in 4 of the world's children show stunted growth. In developing countries this figure is as high as one in three. (SaveTheChildren, 2012)
•80% of stunted children live in just 20 Countries (idem)
•Malnutrition is an underlying cause of death of 2.6 million children each year. (Idem)
•300 million children in poverty in the world today either do not attend school or do not receive a meal during school day. Most of these children ate female. (WFP)
•Economists estimate that every child whose physical and mental development is stunted by hunger and malnutrition stands to lose 5 to 10% in lifetime earnings. (Idem)
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