How common is malnutrition in children?

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Jan Campbell
Nursing
Nearly 150 million children under five are malnourished, and malnutrition is the underlying cause of most childhood illness and death. In the last two years, the cases of malnutrition are higher than they've been in that last century. Malnutrition affects an estimated two billion people and kills more than 3.5 million children under five years old each year.

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