Shay Ateeq Gulab
Stunting is the phenomenon witnessed in children, who failed to attain height according to their age on account of malnutrition and poor diet. A direct consequence of this is that children suffer from malnutrition, hence, they suffer from various disabilities owing to unsafe food and water. In urban areas, some 2.5 million children have stunted growth. The stunted children are likely to have their brain, kidneys and other organs affected. Pakistan has one of the highest level of malnutrition that leaves the children to suffer from diseases, affecting mental and physical development. More than 44pc of Pakistani children are stunted. Expectedly, the problem is particularly acute in rural areas and less developed areas, especially Sindh and Balochistan. Stunting is 10pc points higher in rural areas and 6pc points higher in male children. As per Global Nutrition reports 2015, only a minority of children are growing healthily, whereas half of children under 5 are stunted. Therefore, children need food that must contain proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins to enhance a healthy mind and body. I request the government to provide safe food to reduce malnutrition.