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A Children’s Rights Approach to the Double Burden of Malnutrition

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The Human Right to Adequate Food has a broad legal basis and is articulated in numerous international human rights documents, some of which focus on a particular group of individuals in specific circumstances, such as refugees, women and children. The most widely accepted of these documents is without doubt the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): not only is it legally binding, but it is also the most widely ratified international document in history (all countries have ratified it except the United States). It is a symbol that the international community can reach a consensus – after all, the protection of children is a global concern. The importance of good nutrition during the first 1,000 days (from conception to the second birthday of a child) is globally known and accepted, as interventions during this timeframe reap the greatest benefits. The double burden of malnutrition represents the presence of both undernutrition and overnutrition, leading to various health issues. As the basis for a healthy life is laid down during childhood, the rights of the child present an opportunity to attribute more importance to the problem of malnutrition,

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Year 2018
Authors Julie Teresa Mortensen
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/RIGM5409
DOI Number 10.52439/RIGM5409
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