Improving Children’s Diet

Editor(s): Usha Ramakrishnan and Amy Webb-Girard. 1 / 1

Worldwide, fewer than one-third of children aged 6–24 months
receive adequate dietary diversity and only about half receive a sufficient
number of meals each day. Such suboptimal complementary feeding practices
put millions of infants at risk for stunting and developmental delays.
Food insecurity and/or limited access to high-quality foods continue during
the preschool age years with implications for poor development and
increased risk of facing the dual or even triple burden of malnutrition
associated with protein-energy malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies,
as well as overweight or obesity.