The Devastating Impact of Malnutrition on Kenya's Children

One in four children under five years old is stunted, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said at the national nutrition symposium in Nairobi. According to the health ministry, about 4% of these children are wasted, while 11% are underweight. Other risk factors to children in the under-five category and to adults in the 18-69 year old category, is obesity and being overweight - conditions that give rise to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. The country is experiencing the triple burden of malnutrition, "with co-existence of under-nutrition (stunting, underweight and wasting), over-nutrition (overweight and obesity), as well as micronutrient deficiencies also known as "hidden hunger".

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