One-third of kids worldwide under age — roughly 200 million kids — are undernourished or obese, undermining their whole capability to grow and grow, the U.N. children’s bureau said in a report Tuesday.
UNICEF also said nearly two-thirds of kids aged 6 weeks to two years aren’t fed food that encourages their fast-growing brains and bodies.
In its yearly report, UNICEF warns that eating and feeding practices start in the first times of a child’s lifestyle.
“Despite all of the technological, social and cultural advances of the past couple of decades, we’ve lost sight of the most fundamental fact: If kids eat badly, they live badly,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said.
The analysis describes a triple load of malnutrition: undernutrition, hidden hunger brought on by a deficiency of essential nutrients, and obese.
Worldwide, UNICEF states, close to 45 percent of kids from 6 weeks to two years aren’t fed any fruits or veggies and almost 60 percent don’t eat any eggs, fish, poultry or meat.
As kids grow older, “their exposure to unhealthy meals gets cluttered,” the report states.
UNICEF claims that this is driven mostly by”improper marketing and advertisements,” the prosperity of ultra-processed foods in towns but also in distant places, and increasing access to fast food and highly palatable drinks.
It includes”obese and obesity continue to grow.”
Fore said countless kids eat an unhealthy diet since they do not have a decision.
“How we understand and react to malnutrition should change,” Fore said. “It isn’t only about getting kids enough to consume, but it’s above all about getting them the ideal food to consume. That’s our common challenge now.”
UNICEF states”financial incentives” should benefit the gain of healthy and affordable foods. It states”fiscal disincentives” on unhealthy foods helps improve children’s diets.