Over 300 million children chronically malnourishedBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7560.166-c (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:166
- John Zarocostas
More than 300 million children in poor nations are chronically malnourished. The condition can lead to tragic irreversible mental stunting and lower IQs, and it can impair capacity to learn, a report by the World Food Programme says.
Each year almost six million children under 5 years “die of factors linked directly to undernutrition,” the report says, adding that hunger causes widespread physical and mental damage in the children who survive. According to UN expert bodies, about 135.5 million underweight preschool children have mental damage, and about 32% are moderately or severely stunted and may never achieve their full mental capacity. Moreover, when children make …