The statistics provoke an overwhelming cry for help.
- Global estimate: 1 out of 4 children are malnourished.
- Every 6 seconds a child under the age of 5 dies from malnutrition.
- At 53%, malnutrition accounts for a higher percentage of deaths per year of children under the age of 5; more than AIDS, malaria, diarrhea and TB combined.
- 17 million children are born underweight every year.
- Astonishingly, 400 million children are malnourished, and the numbers are growing.
- Iron deficiency is the most prevalent form of malnutrition worldwide, affecting an estimated 2 billion people. Eradicating iron deficiency can improve national productivity levels by as much as 20 percent.
- 70% of brain growth occurs before the age of 2, and if the crisis of malnutrition is not addressed, brain growth is reduced and IQ is lowered.
- Malnutrition: a general term that indicates a lack of some or all nutritional elements necessary for human health.
- Malnutrition causes permanent irreversible brain stunting. 30-40 million youth under the age of 2 are affected.
- World Hunger and Malnutrition: Facts, Figures and Statistics
- Statistics: USA Poverty
- WHO Global Database on Anaemia
- An estimated 146 million children under the age of five are underweight and 170 million stunted (short for their age) [UNICEF].
- Lack of Vitamin A kills a million infants a year.
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies impair intellectual development, compromise immune systems, provoke birth defects and consign millions to living below their full physical and mental potential.
- In sub-Saharan economies alone, it is estimated that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are costing more than $2.3 billion in lost productivity.