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Impact: Hunger and Stunting

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On today’s show, Shelby Holliday told you about Stunting, or stunted growth. It’s a long-term issue that effects children living in regions experiencing famine, or sometimes just coping with everyday food insecurity.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, explains:

“A child needs good nutrition to develop, as much as they need clean water and education.

A stunted child is often inches shorter than a child who’s had enough of the right kind of food. Their immune system is weaker, leaving them more vulnerable to disease. They’re five times more likely to die from diarrhea.

About 180 million children under the age of five suffer from stunting and are not reaching their potential.”shelby-with-baby

What can help? Experts and aid workers say education is the key. Communities need to understand that the effects of poor nutrition — not just having enough food, but also having the rights foods — aren’t just about one day or one week, but about the rest of a child’s life.

Some groups working to provide the necessary education about nutrition include:

Feeling inspired? Tell us what kind of action you’re planning on taking (or already have taken!), in the comments.

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