Healthy eating in childhood

Malnutrition in childhood

According to the World Health Organization, globally in 2020

  • 149 million children under the age of 5 were estimated to be stunted (too short for their age)
  • 45 million children were estimated to be wasted (too thin for their height)
  • 38.9 million children were estimated to be overweight or obese.

Healthy eating in childhood

  • Adequate energy and a diet of high nutritional quality are particularly important for optimal growth during childhood and adolescence. Nutrient requirements of children can differ according to their age, physical activity level and other personal characteristics.
  • Eating habits are also developed in childhood and may persist in later life. Children need to follow a varied, healthy and balanced diet to cover their energy and nutrient requirements and establish healthy eating habits.