UNICEF: 92% of babies in Yemen are underweight at birth

UNICEF: 92% of babies in Yemen are underweight at birth

Almost all babies in Yemen are born underweight, according to data on childhood nutrition released today by UNICEF.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Almost all babies in Yemen are born underweight, according to data on childhood nutrition released today by UNICEF.

The figures of 92 percent for children born in Yemen are a stark contrast to the worldwide figures of 29 percent over the same period between 2010-2018.

According to the UN body, globally, one in three children under the age of five are undernourished or overweight.

“If children eat poorly, they live poorly,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, adding: “We are losing ground in the fight for healthy diets.”

Despite a significant drop in stunting in poor countries, 149 million children are today still too short for their age, a clinical condition that impairs both brain and body development.

For Yemen’s pre-schoolers the figures for stunting are especially severe, with 46 per cent affected based on data collected between 2013-2018, compared with 22 percent globally over the same period.

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