Nutrition at a Glance

Over one-third of child deaths are due to undernutrition, mostly from increased severity of disease. Children who are undernourished between conception and age two are at high risk for impaired cognitive development, which adversely affects the country’s productivity and growth.

The economic costs of undernutrition include direct costs such as the increased burden on the health care system, and indirect costs of lost productivity.

Childhood anemia alone is associated with a 2.5% drop in adult wages