UNICEF / CHILDREN FOOD NUTRITION

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An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned today in a new report on children, food and nutrition. UNICEF

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FILE – UNICEF – JUNE 2019, NGOZI, BURUNDI

1.Wide shot, a nurse, a mother and her child during the weight test at the health center2.Close up, a UNICEF balance of more or less 10 kg
3.Close up, a muac on the arm of a child during screening
4.Wide shot, book of pictures with a background of women and children sitting on a mat listening to the reading of a Maman Lumiere
5.Wide shot, Elvis Irakoze community health worker explaining about nutrition in Kirundi
6.Med shot, a hand that grabs vegetables in a basket that contains beans, and palm oil
7.Wide shot, Mediatrice seated in front of several women and children preparing potatoes
8.Wide shot, Médiatrice and her colleagues mixing hot food in a black pot with a song in Kirundi in the background
9.Various shots, children eating with a spoon

FILE – UNICEF - AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2019, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN

10.Tracking shot, food selling point in Cinemax cinema in Dostyk Plaza Mall
11. Various shots, a teenage boy getting gorceries

FILE – UNICEF - AUGUST 2019, SIKASSO REGION, SOUTHERN MALI

12. Various shots, mothers of the nutrition support group GSAN and relays in nutrition training session with nurse from Zebala village health center
13. Various shots, children eating in the yard
14. Various shots, mother feeding her child powder of the MNPs with cornmeal

FILE – UNICEF - 27 SEPTEMBER 2019, PEMBA AND MECUFI, NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

15. Various shots, health worker measuring baby’s head
16. Various shots, health worker weighing baby
17. Various shots, health worker measuring baby’s height

FILE – UNICEF – 21-22 AUGUST 2019, TALAGI ISLAND AND NGELLA ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS

18. Various shots, students at school cafeteria

FILE – UNICEF - SOUTH SUDAN

19. Various shots, father with his daughter
20. Various shots, child being measured by health worker

STORYLINE:

An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them, UNICEF warned today in a new report on children, food and nutrition.

The State of the World’s Children 2019: Children, food and nutrition finds that at least 1 in 3 children under five – or over 200 million – is either undernourished or overweight. Almost 2 in 3 children between six months and two years of age are not fed food that supports their rapidly growing bodies and brains. This puts them at risk of poor brain development, weak learning, low immunity, increased infections and, in many cases, death.

The report provides the most comprehensive assessment yet of 21st century child malnutrition in all its forms. It describes a triple burden of malnutrition: Undernutrition, hidden hunger caused by a lack of essential nutrients, and overweight among children under the age of five, noting that around the world 149 million children are stunted, or too short for their age; 50 million children are wasted, or too thin for their height; 340 million children – or 1 in 2 – suffer from deficiencies in essential vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin A and iron; 40 million children are overweight or obese.

The report warns that poor eating and feeding practices start from the earliest days of a child’s life. Though breastfeeding can save lives, for example, only 42 per cent of children under six months of age are exclusively breastfed and an increasing number of children are fed infant formula. Sales of milk-based formula grew by 72 per cent between 2008 and 2013 in upper middle-income countries such as Brazil, China and Turkey, largely due to inappropriate marketing and weak policies and programmes to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

As children begin transitioning to soft or solid foods around the six-month mark, too many are introduced to the wrong kind of diet, according to the report. Worldwide, close to 45 per cent of children between six months and two years of age are not fed any fruits or vegetables. Nearly 60 per cent do not eat any eggs, dairy, fish or meat.

As children grow older, their exposure to unhealthy food becomes alarming, driven largely by inappropriate marketing and advertising, the abundance of ultra-processed foods in cities but also in remote areas, and increasing access to fast food and highly sweetened beverages.

For example, the report shows that 42 per cent of school-going adolescents in low- and middle-income countries consume carbonated sugary soft drinks at least once a day and 46 per cent eat fast food at least once a week. Those rates go up to 62 per cent and 49 per cent, respectively, for adolescents in high-income countries.

As a result, overweight and obesity levels in childhood and adolescence are increasing worldwide. From 2000 to 2016, the proportion of overweight children between 5 and 19 years of age doubled from 1 in 10 to almost 1 in 5. Ten times more girls and 12 times more boys in this age group suffer from obesity today than in 1975.

The greatest burden of malnutrition in all its forms is shouldered by children and adolescents from the poorest and most marginalized communities, the report notes. Only 1 in 5 children aged six months to two years from the poorest households eats a sufficiently diverse diet for healthy growth. Even in high-income countries such as the UK, the prevalence of overweight is more than twice as high in the poorest areas as in the richest areas.

The report also notes that climate-related disasters cause severe food crises. Drought, for example, is responsible for 80 per cent of damage and losses in agriculture, dramatically altering what food is available to children and families, as well as the quality and price of that food.

To address this growing malnutrition crisis in all its forms, UNICEF is issuing an urgent appeal to governments, the private sector, donors, parents, families and businesses to help children grow healthy by empowering families, children and young people to demand nutritious food, including by improving nutrition education and using proven legislation – such as sugar taxes – to reduce demand for unhealthy foods; driving food suppliers to do the right thing for children, by incentivizing the provision of healthy, convenient and affordable foods; building healthy food environments for children and adolescents by using proven approaches, such as accurate and easy-to-understand labelling and stronger controls on the marketing of unhealthy foods, mobilizing supportive systems – health, water and sanitation, education and social protection – to scale up nutrition results for all children; collecting, analyzing and using good-quality data and evidence to guide action and track progress.
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