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7.3m undernourished females in Nigeria

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Nigeria now among nations most hit by the worldwide food and nutrition crisis.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report released ahead of the 2023 International Women’s Day, 7.3 million teenage girls and women of reproductive age in Nigeria are undernourished, endangering women and new-born babies. The report tagged “Undernourished and Overlooked: A Global Nutrition Crisis in Adolescent Girls and Women” raises concern on the current crises of nutrition that has been spiraling out of control among adolescent girls and women that had already made only modest progress over the previous two decades. This is reportedly precipitated by the unceasing gender inequality issue.

It also showed that between 2018 and 2021, the number of undernourished Nigerian women and girls aged 15 to 49 increased dramatically, from 5.6 million to 7.3 million. As a result, Nigeria is now placed among the 12 nations most hit by the current worldwide food and nutrition crisis. Recent upheaval like COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, and continued drought, warfare, and instability in other nations have all contributed to a worldwide nutrition crisis that has affected numerous countries hard, including Nigeria. Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen are all on the list.

Nutrition crisis is leading to acute malnutrition for millions of women.

In addition, the 2022 Nigerian National Food Consumption and Micronutrient Survey found that an estimated 55 percent of teenage girls and women in the country are anemic. Nearly half of Nigerian women of childbearing age do not eat enough of the recommended five out of ten food groups, including grains and tubers, pulses, nuts and seeds, dairy, meat, poultry and fish, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, other vitamin A rich fruits and vegetables, and other vegetables and fruits.

The executive director of UNICEF, Catherine Russell, commented on the report, saying that the nutrition crisis is leading to acute malnutrition and starvation for millions of women and their children. She warned that future generations may be impacted negatively if the international community did not take immediate action. As contained in the report, over one billion teenage girls and women face grave effects due to undernutrition (including underweight and short height), shortages in important micronutrients, and anemia.

12 million children under the age of five in Nigeria are stunted.

Undernourishment in adolescent girls and women is linked to a host of negative outcomes, especially during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This may endanger the lives of the mothers involved by lowering their immune systems and preventing their children from reaching their full potential in terms of survival, growth, learning, and future ultimate performance. As an example, in Nigeria 12 million children under the age of five are stunted, implying they are underweight for their age. Half of these children were affected by prenatal and early childhood stunting.

To ensure a better future for children in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, UNICEF representative in Nigeria stated that the country must place more emphasis on enabling women and girls with access to healthy food and nutrition services. Munduate has called for immediate action from the international community and the government of Nigeria. Women’s access to safe, healthy food is disproportionately impacted by ongoing global issues. A staggering 126 million more women than males experienced food insecurity in 2021, a huge increase from the 49 million recorded in 2019.

UNICEF boosted efforts to aid nations affected by the nutrition crisis.

Sequel to this, UNICEF has, since last year, boosted its efforts to aid nations like Nigeria that are affected by the worldwide nutrition crisis. The UNICEF report further calls governments, humanitarian partners and contributors, civil society organizations, and development actors to improve access to food, healthcare, and social protection for women and girls in their adolescent and teenage ages. This may be accomplished by restricting marketing to adolescents, requiring labels and taxes on ultra-processed foods, and expanding access to healthy, cost-effective nutritious foods for women and girls.


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8 months ago

7.3m undernourished females in NigeriaNigeria now among nations most hit by the worldwide food and nutrition crisis. – Express your point of view.

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theApr
theApr
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8 months ago

Because undernourishment hinders children from developing to their full potential in terms of survival, growth, learning, and eventual performance, it may also put the lives of the mothers at risk.

Abusi
Abusi
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8 months ago

We have always been having a problem of malnourishment in Nigeria. I hope children are well take care of for their health.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
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8 months ago

Poverty is the main contributor to food insecurity and undernourished in Nigeria. We need every aid we can get from international community and civil society organizations to address the spiraling issue of nutrition before it get out of hand.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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8 months ago

The report published in honor of 2023’s International Women’s Day, estimated adolescent girls and women of reproductive age in Nigeria are malnourished, putting their health and that of their unborn children at peril.

Last edited 8 months ago by Hassan Isa
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
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8 months ago

Adolescent girls and women worldwide are facing an unprecedented nutrition crisis, as is highlighted in the article a Worldwide Nutrition Crisis in Adolescent Girls and Women.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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8 months ago

The rate at which people are undernourish in the country is very alarming and is getting out of hand,if urgent things is not done it will seriously lead to problem that no government can take care off.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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8 months ago

A global nutrition crisis that has severely impacted many nations, including Nigeria, has been exacerbated by the conflict in the Ukraine as well as ongoing drought, conflict, and instability in other countries.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
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8 months ago

At this point, Nigeria is considered one of the countries that are being affected the hardest by the ongoing global food and nutrition crisis.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
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8 months ago

It is possible to achieve this goal by imposing marketing restrictions on adolescents, mandating food labeling, and levying levies on highly processed foods.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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8 months ago

It is estimated that about half of all Nigerian women of reproductive age do not consume enough of the five out of ten recommended dietary groups.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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8 months ago

Undernourishment in young girls and women is connected to a number of poor effects, particularly during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This is especially true during the first few months after giving birth.

Bola12
Bola12
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8 months ago

Almost 50% among all Nigerian women of childbearing age are undernourished in at least five of the 10 nutritional categories.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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8 months ago

There are a number of negative outcomes associated with undernourishment in young girls and women, especially during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Moreover, this is truer than ever in the weeks and months immediately following childbirth.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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8 months ago

Everyone has the enjoy. I’m surprise Gender inequality is still having it way in some part of the world. Women and girls should be protected, they deserve the best. I will implore international communities to take immediate actions regarding malnutrition and starvation before it runs out of hand. The fight for women should be triggered, it’s worth it.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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8 months ago

Nigeria now among nations most hit by the worldwide food and nutrition crisis. This not good for big country like Nigeria, we are more than it. Nigeria is rich to take care of it citizens but corruption is affecting

DimOla
DimOla
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8 months ago

This 7.3million number of undernourished female in Nigeria is as a result of the current happenings in the country. The cashless policy, scarcity of cash, high inflation rate among others. The government need to put on their thinking cap and find lasting solution to the situation on ground. 

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
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8 months ago

So many undernourished females in Nigeria it is too much it affect the health of children they wont be active in growth and other activity, poverty is part of what cause children not taking nutrition foods

Remi1
Remi1
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8 months ago

In Nigeria, undernourishment and food insecurity are mostly caused by poverty. To solve the rapidly worsening nutrition crisis before it gets out of control, we require all the assistance we can obtain from the international community and civil society organizations.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
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8 months ago

The situation in this country is making life unbearable. Imagine that number of females that are undernourished. This is pathetic. I hope our government is already acting to correct this anomaly. People are really suffering in this country. It is well

Last edited 8 months ago by SarahDiv