More than 42% children are stunted in Pakistan

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More than 42% children are stunted in Pakistan


It was announced on Wednesday by the Parliamentary Committee on Development Goals (SDGs) that 42% of children in Pakistan are stunted, with over 9.4% of boys and 9 % of girls are obese.

A meeting of the working group of the parliament, held under the chairmanship of the politician Romina Khurshid Alam, discussed the approach to zero hunger as supported by the SDGs.

Committee member Dr Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro informed the panel that no survey to measure the scale of recent food insecurity in Thar has been conducted, adding that there is a lack of official data. .

Khalid Magsi lamented that people are not paying enough attention to the problems facing the country and added to the frustration that “we are just wasting time in the council”.

Meanwhile, Shahida Rehmani said that rising prices are increasing the problems for the common man. He lamented the increase in malnutrition, stressing the need to take precautions to prevent children from using drugs.

UNICEF officials shared alarming statistics about the prevalence of malnutrition in a large part of the population during the interview and noted that more than 42% of children in the country affected by stunting.

Likewise, 9.4% of boys and 9% of girls are obese while 20.5% of boys and 20.7% of girls are overweight.

“12.6% of adolescent boys and 12.1% of girls have diabetes,” they said, adding that breastfeeding is increasing. .

The committee was told that in 2014, global sales of dairy products reached $44.8 billion and will increase to $70.6 billion in 2019.

In Pakistan, 14.6% of 6 to 23 month olds, and 34% worldwide, are breastfed.

“Iron, zinc and vitamins are added to wheat. Only in Punjab, soda, energy drinks and junk food are banned in educational institutions,” they added.


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