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Una inversión de desarrollo que durará generaciones

PRAGA – La desnutrición recibe mucho menos atención que la mayor parte de los demás retos del planeta. Sin embargo, es un área donde una inversión relativamente pequeña puede tener el efecto más potente.

Se estima que dos mil millones de personas no reciben las vitaminas y minerales esenciales que necesitan para crecer y desarrollarse, principalmente hierro, yodo, vitamina A y zinc. Peor aún, la desnutrición y subnutrición son parte de un cruel ciclo en que ambas son causas y efectos de la pobreza.

Se trata de un ciclo que afecta de manera desproporcionada a niños y bebés, sobre los cuales la desnutrición tiene consecuencias devastadoras, como discapacidades mentales, problemas de aprendizaje en la escuela, y mala salud en general. Incluso deficiencias nutricionales moderadas pueden afectar el desarrollo de un niño, y puesto que cuando crezca le resultará más difícil obtener un buen trabajo, la desnutrición afecta no solo sus vidas, sino también las de las generaciones siguientes.

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