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Unicef warns of “epidemic” of childhood malnutrition

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7549.1051-e (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1051
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Poor nutrition is responsible for 5.6 million childhood deaths each year, and more than a quarter of all children age under 5 years in developing countries are underweight, a report published this week by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) says.

    Unicef claims that the world is failing children because the proportion of children aged under 5 who are underweight has scarcely fallen since 1990 and malnutrition remains a global epidemic contributing to more than half of all child deaths. Lack of progress on child nutrition “is crippling other critical development efforts to control disease, boost education rates and spur economic …

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