Serious Malnutrition in Malaysian Children

By Dato’ Dr. Amar Singh HSS

December 2023 FEATURE
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ONE MAY THINK that in Malaysia, where food is easily available, malnutrition would not be a significant issue. The reality is not too far from grim, however. There is a growing concern over the increasing cases of stunting (impaired development) among children in the country, often caused by malnutrition.Growth in children can be measured and monitored using appropriate anthropometric indicators such as height and weight. Using World Health Organisation (WHO) standardised growth charts, we can then identify if a child...

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Dato’ Dr. Amar Singh HSS

is a consultant paediatrician and a child and disability activist. He has been supporting and working with NGOs and individuals to support disadvantaged and marginalised children.