Africa Faces Range Of Nutrition-Related Challenges, Including Stunting, Obesity

Quartz: This is the only continent where children have both stunted growth and a rising obesity problem
“Africa is the only continent in the world where children are both fat and stunted. According to the 2017 Global Nutrition report, the continent faces serious nutrition-related challenges, stemming from both a deficiency in nutrients and obesity. Despite a decrease in the prevalence of stunting globally, about 60 million African children under five are not growing properly. At least 10 million others are also classified as overweight — posing both a severe health burden on countries and hampering broader development efforts…” (Dahir, 11/6).

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