|MEXICO (18 June 2012) —World Vision Mexico, Un Kilo de Ayuda and The Hunger Project Mexico recently came together to promote awareness about the importance of good nutrition for human development and economic growth in anticipation of the G20 summit in Mexico. They call for government, enterprises, media, academia and civil society to work together to create policies and programs to make Mexico without malnutrition a reality.|
|Luis del Rio, National Director at World Vision Mexico, joins Lorena Vazquez, of The Hunger Project Mexico, and Manuel Mendoza, of Un Kilo de Ayuda, in calling for an end to child malnutrition in Mexico.|
Without a doubt, child malnutrition is a public health problem. Inadequate nutrition disproportionately affects vulnerable groups like children and women and perpetuates the cycle of generational poverty. For this reason, these nongovernmental organizations urge Mexican people and presidential candidates to recognize and address this public health problem.
Nutrition is the basis of physical, emotional and cognitive development. Investment in good nutrition reduces premature deaths for both mothers and children and it improves the growth of infants and children. It also leads to an estimated two or three percent growth in the economies of developing countries. On the other end of the spectrum, malnutrition presents considerable health risks. The rise of chronic illnesses like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are related to the world’s growing rates of over-weight and obesity. These afflictions endanger life and are difficult to treat in places with limited resources and overburdened health systems.
Right now, the leaders of the world’s developed economies are gathered at the G20 meeting in Mexico to implement global action on economic and financial issues. One of the G20 priorities is developing global economic stability and, correspondingly, it is essential to pay attention to food security and its connection to nutrition as important aspects of individual and national development.
According to Lorena Vazquez, Executive Director of The Hunger Project Mexico, investment in the nutrition of mothers and children, especially in the first one thousand days of life, can result in:
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