Children in the United Kingdom, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, are increasingly at risk of undernutrition, malnutrition, undernutrition-related disease and other health conditions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the UK, children under the age of five are most likely to be stunted, with one in five children being underweight.
Children who are severely malnourished are at increased risk of other health problems, including a higher risk of stunting, a lower risk of childhood obesity, and a higher likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.
According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), one in six children in Britain live in households that are severely undernourishing.
Children living in households with incomes below the poverty line have the lowest life expectancy of any group in the world.
Children in these households are most at risk for undernutrition and malnutrition-related diseases.
Children living in homes that are poor, such as single-parent households or families in which children are separated, have the highest risk of being undernurished.
In the past two years, more than 200,000 children in England have been assessed for stunting by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), a charity dedicated to providing quality health care and nutrition to vulnerable children.
The RCN also supports children who have lost their parents to violence or abuse.
In England, almost half of all children aged three to five have suffered at least one stunting event, according the RCN.
More than half of children in households where one or both parents are working have been severely underfed, with a median intake of one meal a day of more than 60 grams of carbohydrate.
Children whose parents are unemployed or on benefits have the greatest risk of severely undernutrition.
Those living in overcrowded homes and families living in rural areas also have the most severe health risks, including stunting.
As part of its new Childstar programme, the RCNs Childstar Child Development Center (CCDC) is supporting young children in vulnerable families and supporting parents to adopt children.CCDC has been working to improve the health and wellbeing of children, particularly children living in vulnerable households, for the past three years.
It is helping more than 100 children to adopt over 60 children in their home.
According the RCn, the adoption of children under five is a vital part of RCN’s work to provide quality health services to children and families.RCN says its Childstar program aims to address the most pressing challenges facing children, including undernouring, malnutrition and stunting and the need to ensure that all children are well cared for.RCNs ChildStar Child Development Centre in Wigan, England, aims to improve health and well-being of children.
Children adopt at the RCns Childstar Children Development Center.RCn says its new approach aims to help all children who are undernoured, underweight, severely maladjusted or living in situations of marginalisation.RCNN says that as a result of its ChildStar initiative, almost one in seven children in its care has been assessed as severely underweight and more than half have suffered a stunting or stunting-related event.