On 23 February 2012 The Star in New Zealand reported on the impact that rising food prices are having around the world on childhood malnutrition. The story was based on statistics released by Save the Children, which enumerate that a "quarter of young children around the world are not getting enough nutrients to grow properly, and 300 die of malnutrition every hour."
Save the Children's, A Life Free from Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition report documents that:
- 1/3 of parents surveyed said their children routinely complain they do not have enough to eat;
- One in six parents can never afford to buy meat, milk or vegetables;
- Six out of 10 children in Afghanistan are not getting enough nutrients to avoid stunted growth;
- India has failed to reduce its high prevalence of child malnutrition despite its economy doubling between 1990 and 2005 to become Asia's third largest. About 3 000 children die daily due to illnesses related to poor diets;.
- Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Peru and Nigeria are home to half the world’s stunted children.
According to Save the Children's CEO, Justin Forsyth if things don't change, "half a billion children will be physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years.”
"Most malnourished children – 85 percent – do not die but are diminished, physically and mentally. The World Bank estimates that stunting reduces the GDP of developing countries by 2-3 percent. Children with stunted growth can have an IQ 15 points lower than a well-fed child."