Scurvy was common in sailors on long voyages who were deprived of citrus fruit and vegetables.
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Child stunting in Brazil was decreased by insisting that mothers visit healthcare centres.
There are several lessons that the world can learn from Brazil about how to rapidly reduce child stunting in 10 years.
Micronutrient deficiencies are not well understood as an aspect of malnutrition. The problem is that such deficiencies increase a range of health risks.
A Malawian woman carries a bag of maize meal.
Reuters/ Mike Hutchings
Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition.
Sorghum and legumes could help children reach their required protein intake.
Pulses -- or grain legumes -- are indigenous foods that can play a massive role in tackling food security on the African continent.
An unacceptably high proportion of children in South Africa live in poor conditions.
Inequalities in the nutritional status of poor and rich have been mitigated through various social protection policies, but children in South Africa remain at risk of malnutrition.
In many rural areas, poor people are suffering from malnutrition, which takes the form of stunting and obesity. To change this, their food environments must change.
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Crop production can play a crucial role in helping improve nutrition through dietary diversity.
People living in rural parts of South Africa lack diversity in their eating because a starch based diet is perceived as cheaper and is very common.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
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In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
Soha, seven, is now taller than her 10-year-old sister Suhala whose growth has been stunted.
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Adults who had a low birthweight or were undernourished as young children are more likely to experience high blood pressure and obesity.
A staple daily diet for millions of South Africans is this traditional porridge, known as “pap”, made from mielie-meal (ground maize).
Food insecurity is not only a cause of bad food choices, it is a result of the economics and geographies of the food system.
Children who go to bed hungry are likely to experience mental health problems.
One in six children in Australia report going to bed hungry – these children are more likely to have mental health problems and be bullied regularly.
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Kenya’s nutrition plan has resulted in dramatic improvements in its nutrition targets.
Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Over the last three years Kenya has seen marked improvements in its nutrition-related targets as a result of a national nutrition plan it has implemented.
Food insecurity is not only a matter of hunger but may have multiple manifestations.
Food insecurity is a problem that doesn't only stem from hunger. It is also a result of eating food that is not nutritious.
A health worker measures an infant’s growth. Children who are undernourished in their first 1000 days of life, could suffer from stunting later.
2014 Global Communities, Courtesy of Photoshare
Research around the importance of the first 1000 days has been gaining traction. The latest links stunting to malnutrition in children.
The issue of nutrition among South Africa’s youth is complex and has elements of both under and over nutrition that need to be tackled.
There are two extremes of malnutrition at play among South Africa's youth - both under nutrition and over nutrition.
Thenjiwe Madzinga sits with her grandson Thina Gxotelwa in the small room they share in a shack in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township. Madzinga cares for her five grandchildren, including four who were orphaned when her daughter died from AIDS in 2002.
The health care needs of older people tend to be marginalised because South Africa's health policy is focused on children, youth and maternal care.