Nutrition

Malnutrition: It’s about more than hunger

16 October 2017 (Commentary) – "Globally, nearly 1/3 of people suffer from as a result of malnutrition: wasting, stunting, vitamin and mineral deficiency, overweight or obesity and diet-related non-communicable disease."

WHO releases guidelines to address overweight and obesity in children

A mother feeds her infant child; Nepal.
2013 Valerie Caldas, Photoshare

4 October 2017 – As part of its response to the global epidemic of obesity, WHO is today releasing guidelines to support primary healthcare workers identify and help children who are overweight or obese. In 2016 an estimated 41 million children under 5 were affected by overweight or obesity. Without effective treatment they are very likely to remain overweight and obese throughout their lives, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and premature death, as well as suffering physical and psychological consequences in childhood.

Large-scale deworming recommended for children’s health

african running children - deworming publication cover
Frederic Noy

29 September 2017 – Four species of intestinal worms affect almost a quarter of the world’s poorest and mostly marginalized people. They disrupt people’s ability to absorb nutrients, and impede the growth and physical development of millions of children. Periodic deworming programmes with a single-tablet treatment can drastically reduce the suffering of those infected and protect the 1.5 billion people currently estimated to be at risk.

The state of food security and nutrition in the world 2017

state of food security and nutrition 2017 thumbnail photo
FAO/Andrew Esiebo

18 September 2017 -- This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will henceforth monitor progress towards both the targets of ending hunger (SDG Target 2.1) and all forms of malnutrition (SDG target 2.2). It will also include thematic analyses of how food security and nutrition are related to progress on other SDG targets.

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

Nepal breastfeeding mother
UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. Only 40% of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60%.

WHO’s Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-2025

Asian mother and child photo
UNICEF EAPRO / Sylvie Morel-Seytou

19 May 2017 -- In the context of a renewed global momentum for improving nutrition and a resultant increased complexity of the nutrition landscape, the Programme Ahttp://webit.who.int/media/images/en_hq/edit_lgreen.gifrea Network on Nutrition developed a fit-for-purpose and coherent nutrition strategy, WHO’s Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-2025. This has been the first-ever strategic exercise on nutrition undertaken by WHO. The strategy was developed in the context of the internal WHO reform.