The findings of the new Global Nutrition Report released today by the Independent Expert Group (IEG) are extremely alarming, especially for an upper-middle income country such as Malaysia.
According to this independent report by a group of world-leading academics, researchers and government representatives, Malaysia is one of the very few Asian countries facing three forms of malnutrition -overweight, wasting and anaemia.
This worldwide report compels all of us to take urgent action to address the root causes of the triple burden of malnutrition among children across the globe and in Malaysia.
The combination of obesity, stunting and anaemia in Malaysia is a growing public health emergency – and needs to be treated as such.
As the new tax on sugar-sweetened beverage indicates, the government is taking steps in the right direction to reverse this trend and make sure children grow up healthy.
The government of Malaysia can count on UNICEF for support to accelerate the movement to encourage healthier eating habits, especially among adolescents in Malaysia.
Attributable to Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF Representative to Malaysia
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