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                                  Nutrition is a critical part of health and development. Better nutrition is related to improved infant, child and maternal health, stronger immune systems, safer pregnancy and childbirth, lower risk of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and longevity.

                                  Healthy children learn better. People with adequate nutrition are more productive and can create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of poverty and hunger.

                                  Malnutrition, in every form, presents significant threats to human health. Today the world faces a double burden of malnutrition that includes both undernutrition and overweight, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

                                  WHO is providing scientific advice and decision-making tools that can help countries take action to address all forms of malnutrition to support health and wellbeing for all, at all ages.

                                  This fact file explores the risks posed by all forms of malnutrition, starting from the earliest stages of development, and the responses that the health system can give directly and through its influence on other sectors, particularly the food system.

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                                  149 million children

                                  under 5 yrs of age

                                  are too short for their age (stunted)

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                                  45 million children

                                  under 5 yrs of age

                                  are too thin for their height (wasted)

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                                  44 % infants

                                  under 6 months are

                                  Exclusively breastfed

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                                  39 million

                                  children under 5 are

                                  Overweight or obese

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                                  33% of women

                                  of reproductive age

                                  have anaemia

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                                  15% babies

                                  are born with

                                  Low birth weight

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