Nutrition deficiency affects every country on earth

2 Billion people

dont get enough vitamins and minerals

Micronutrient deficiencies are the main cause of malnutrition. This includes Iron, Vitamin A, B & D, Zinc, Iodine

Nutrition deficiency affects in different ways

Stunting

People are too short for their age

Wasting

People are too thin for their height

Obese

People are overweight

Consequences of nutrition deficiency through the life cycle

Baby

  • Low birth rate
  • Reduced physical development
  • High mortality rate
  • Impaired metal development

Child

  • Stunting
  • Reduced mental capacity
  • Reduced learning capacity
  • Frequent infections
  • High mortality rate

Adolescent

  • Stunting
  • Reduced metal capacity
  • Fatigue
  • Increased vulnerability to infection

Adult

  • Reduced productivity
  • Poor socioeconomic status
  • Increased risk of chronic disease

Pregnant women

  • Malformations in babies’ spinal cords and brains.
  • Increased mortality
  • Increased perinatal complications

Elderly

  • Increased morbidity (including osteoporosis & mental impairment)
  • High mortality rate
The ‘hidden hunger’ due to micronutrient deficiency does  not produce hunger as we know it. You might not feel it in the belly,  but it strikes at the core of your health and vitality. Kul C. Gautam

Former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Cycle of hidden hunger, poverty and stalled development

Economic dev

  • stalled or diminished economic development
  • limited capacity to develop health and education system

Individual

  • malnourished mothers give birth to low weight children
  • diminished physical and mental capacity
  • poor school performance due to lack of concentration and mental faculty issues
  • poverty, limited economic resources

Labor force

  • reduced capacity for work
  • no or lower paid jobs
  • lost productivity
  • lost life expectancy
  • lower lifetime earnings

Focusing on nutrition can

Improve quality of life

Accelerate economic progress

Enable sustainable development

Introducing a sustainable way to address malnutrition issues