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Based on 3391 orders, we donated 340 US dollars to poor children around the world in April. Each month, we donate to charity. Many thanks to our customers for their contributions!
A girl enjoys lunch in the community of Hanaq Chuquibamba, Peru, in 2019. Picture from UNICEF
The State of the World’s Children 2019: Children, Food and Nutrition reports that at least one-third (more than 200 million) of children under the age of five are either undernourished or overweight. Nearly two-thirds of infants and toddlers between the ages of six months and two years have diets that do not ensure rapid development of their bodies and brains. These children may face a variety of risks such as poor brain development, poor learning ability, poor immunity, vulnerability to infection and even death.
“While we have made many advances in the last few decades in areas such as technology, culture and society, we have lost sight of one of the most fundamental facts: if children do not eat healthy food, their quality of life is hardly guaranteed.” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, “Millions of children are surviving on unhealthy diets simply because they have no better options. Our understanding of and response to malnutrition needs to change: it is not enough to feed children, but most importantly to get them to eat healthy food. This is the common challenge we face today.”
The report provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the various forms of malnutrition faced by children in the 21st century. The report describes the triple burden of malnutrition, namely undernutrition, hidden hunger due to lack of essential nutrients, and overweight, faced by children under five years of age. The report notes that globally, currently.
- 149 million children have stunted growth or are too short for their age
- 50 million children are wasted or too thin in stature
- 340 million children (i.e., one in two children) are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A and iron
- 40 million children are overweight or obese.
As children continue to grow, they are exposed to an increasing number of unhealthy foods. The main reasons for this phenomenon include the influence of inappropriate marketing and advertising, the proliferation of overly processed foods in urban and even remote areas, and the increasing availability of fast food and high sugar content beverages.
As a result, overweight and obesity among children and adolescents is becoming a global problem. between 2000 and 2016, the proportion of overweight children and young people aged 5 to 19 rose from one in ten to nearly one in five, 10 and 12 times higher than the proportion of obese girls and boys in the same age group in 1975, respectively.
To address the growing crisis of malnutrition in all its forms, UNICEF has issued an urgent appeal to governments, the private sector, donors, parents, families and the business community by doing the following.
- Help families, children and young people increase their demand for nutritious foods by improving nutrition education and using effective laws and regulations (such as sugar taxes) to reduce the demand for unhealthy foods.
- Promote the right actions by food providers for the benefit of children by incentivizing the availability of healthy, convenient and affordable food.
- Create a healthy food environment for children and youth through proven approaches such as accurate and easy-to-understand package labeling and stricter regulation of the marketing of unhealthy foods.
- Mobilize support systems such as health, water and sanitation, education and social protection to drive greater results in improving nutrition for every child.
- Regularly collect, analyze and use high-quality data and evidence to guide action and track progress.
FridayParts will also continue to focus on issues such as children’s physical and mental health, and will continue to support and help children in need as a business.
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