Fast facts on the state of nutrition in the MENA region
- 3.7 million children across the Middle East and North Africa suffer from acute malnutrition and are too thin for their height - wasted - among them 1.6 million children are severely wasted.
5.4 million children are overweight, up from 3.4 million in 2000 placing the Middle East and North Africa second in the world for overweight children.
Only 38% of children in the region are fed a diverse diet. Less than 1/4 meet the minimum acceptable diet for healthy growth and development.