Stunting and Malnutrition
An estimated 151m children under five – one in four children worldwide – become ‘stunted’ through poor nutrition. It is not just a matter of height. It leaves them cognitively impaired for life. One in three children in the Philippines have stunted growth – and in some areas, it is one in two. According to data from Save The Children, it is the ninth worst country in the world for stunting.
Stunting does not just mean that children are small for their age; it has lifelong physical and mental consequences that are largely irreversible. According to the WHO, the condition covers stunted growth, development, and a lack of opportunities for play and learning. It is seen as one of the most important indicators of children’s health; effectively, the opposite of wellbeing.