MANILA, Philippines – Malnutrition is a national problem, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines.
More than half a million Filipino schoolchildren are too thin for their height, according to the SY 2012-2013 statistics from the Department of Education. (READ: Learning on an empty stomach)
Globally, one-third of all child deaths are related to malnutrition, WHO reported. (READ: What is malnutrition?)
How can we easily spot a child who is suffering from malnutrition? Below is an easy-to-understand infographic detailing the physical signs of malnutrition among children:
If majority of the country’s children fall victim to malnutrition, just imagine what kind of future awaits the Philippines. (READ: PH loses trillions to malnutrition)
Is there something that can be done to help prevent and treat malnutrition?
Food is not the only problem; experts suggest looking at the country’s hunger problem from a holistic point of view – looking at other factors such as agriculture, livelihood, poverty, education, health and sanitation, gender inequality, housing, infrastructure, policies, and governance; as well as the science behind hunger. (READ: Schools vs Hunger)
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