Global Landscape of malnutrition in infants and young children

2.0 CPD Points


Over 50 million children are wasted, half of whom live in South Asia, yet 5.4 million of the world’s 38.3 million overweight or obese children also live in South Asia. There is growing evidence that overweight in early life may be associated with the risk of noncommunicable diseases later in life

Who Should Enrol

Health Care professionals

Course Design

Online Course

Course Content

Article published in: Michaelsen KF, Neufeld LM, Prentice AM (eds): Global Landscape of Nutrition Challenges in Infants and Children. Nestlé Nutr Inst Workshop Ser, vol 93, pp 1–13, (DOI: 10.1159/000503315) Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Switzerland/S. Karger AG., Basel, © 2020

Course Highlights

Malnutrition during the first years of life has immediate adverse health consequences, including increased mortality risk, and impaired long-term health and capacities. Undernutrition is an important contributor to poor linear growth, stunting, which affects over 149 million children < 5 years of age worldwide, one-third of whom live in India. yet globally, there are also 40 million overweight children. Up-to-date data on the magnitude and distribution of micronutrient malnutrition globally and in many countries are lacking. Anemia has been used as a proxy for micronutrient malnutrition; yet anemia, like stunting, has a complex aetiology and numerous non-nutritional as well as nutritional causes. Undernutrition, specifically stunting, wasting, and micronutrient deficiency increasingly coexist with overweight, but accurate data to assess the extent to which these co-exist in countries, households, and individuals and the factors that predict it are scarce.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Better understand the global nutrition landscape
  2. Better understand the interaction between under and over nutrition


Assessment is done with multiple choice questions applicable to content published in the journal.


Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)


2 Clinical points


Participants are required to pass the assessment with 70%

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