Better nutrition to combat stunting

Stunted growth in the first months of a child's life means permanent stunted development of the brain and cognitive capacity. Photo: Unicef

Stunting, a little-reported, recognised or understood human tragedy, blights the lives of some 165 million children worldwide.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 5:02am

UN wants a children's commission in Hong Kong

Stories of malnourished children in Hong Kong range from the sad to the tragic.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:48am

Initiative aims to redress global food imbalance

Katy Yung (left) and Stephanie Tan formed a charity organisation that promotes healthy eating. Photo: Nora Tam

Obesity and malnutrition may be at opposite ends of the nutrition spectrum, but they're both pressing problems in today's world.

About one billion people in the world are hungry, while roughly an equal number suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other health-related issues of overconsumption.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:40am

Malnutrition problem a heavier burden in rural areas

The physical development of children under six years old and their access to proper nutrition have greatly improved in the past 20 years, but the situation remains worrying for those living in rural areas, a government study has found.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Simple, effective ways to save children's lives

When the United Nations declares a famine, the world, rightly, snaps to attention. But after the immediate crisis recedes from public attention, the primary cause of the tragedy remains. Those now suffering from famine in Somalia have already suffered greatly from hunger and malnutrition.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A tale of two Asias

A serious health threat is hanging over Asia, putting hundreds of millions of lives at risk. It's not swine flu, nor dengue fever, nor any other infectious disease. It's much deadlier than epidemics of those but it gets much less attention because its effects are only felt in the long term.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cherish your food

The financial crisis, coupled with rising food prices, is really hurting the poorest countries in Africa and Latin America. According to official estimates, more than a billion people are undernourished. If developed countries do not help, more people will die from starvation.

5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

food wastage

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1. What happened after the FAO called for a war on waste?

a. donors cut aid

b. countries stopped wasting

c. grain production almost doubled in some countries

d. the wastage became worse

16 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Grains of hope

As a child growing up in Australia in the 1960s, the topic of global hunger came up every other night at the dinner table. A reluctant vegetable eater, I was constantly being reminded by my mother about the world's starving children so that I would not waste food.

21 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Walk to help children

More than 300 people took part in a walkathon to raise funds for malnourished children in poor regions around the world.

Co-organised by Clariant, a multinational chemical company, and the United Nations, the walk aimed to raise public awareness of child poverty and starvation.

This is the second year the company has organised the global charity walk.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am

Donate to the poor and the hungry

Have you ever joined a 30-Hour Famine? Our school's students and teachers take part in a similar activity every year.

We donate HK$20 and get a piece of bread for lunch. This year, our school will make a donation to help cancer patients.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Nutrition 4 you

Name: Derek Feng

Age: 17

Breakfast: Milkshake made with bananas, milk, apples, walnuts, other nuts and Wolfberry; lemon and honey water

Snack: Green apple, grapes or cherry tomatoes; yoghurt-coated muesli bar, seaweed or bread

Lunch at school: Rice box, usually chicken and corn, beef and vegetables or pork fried rice

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Attempt to fortify flour to boost health

A nutrition agency is seeking support from officials and manufacturers to add iron and folic acid to flour - the country's biggest staple product - and improve the nation's health.

Yu Xiaodong, director of the National Development and Reform Commission's Centre for Public Nutrition and Development, said the plan was part of the 11th Five-Year Programme.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

UN agency sent aid worth US$1b

The UN World Food Programme began supplying food aid to China in 1979. In less than three decades, the agency sent provisions worth US$1 billion. Through a fund-matching arrangement the mainland committed US$1.2 billion, mostly in the form of shipping and distribution costs, to the cause.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Starving mum risks premature birth

Fearing community ridicule, a family on the breadline is reluctant to accept help

Most people associate poverty with elderly people or new migrants, but a charity worker has revealed his shock at finding a pregnant Hong Kong woman who is likely to give birth prematurely due to malnutrition.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am