Stunting in Children


Stunting has harmful consequences in children. A long-lasting malnutrition can affect badly to children livelihood and also increase risks of many diseases.

Furthermore, malnutrition in children, in a great scale, increases risk low productivity in adult. A long-lasting malnutrition since birth can cause underdeveloped organs. Stunted babies have contributed in 1.5 millions (15 percent) of children mortality around the globe and 55 millions to Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) every year (Ricardo dalam Bhutta, 2013)

  • In a short time, malnutrition increases the risk of disturbances in their mental ability and they are less likely to achieve their full height, and also suffer from metabolism problems.
  • Ultimately, malnutrition can cause lower learning capacity, nerves system problems, and synapse permanently. It may predicts poor school performance in childhood, and lost productivity later as adults. It can also cause poor growth development (short and/or thin) and Increase risks of chronic disease, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, and stroke.

Stunting is preventable, it is important to consume balanced and rich nutrient food for babies and mothers.