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Advancing the Human Right to Health$
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José M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.001.0001

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Nutrition and human rights: why meeting nutrient needs should be a human right

Nutrition and human rights: why meeting nutrient needs should be a human right

(p.325) Chapter 23 Nutrition and human rights: why meeting nutrient needs should be a human right
Advancing the Human Right to Health

Martin W. Bloem

Saskia de Pee

Oxford University Press

According to the latest report of UNCIEF et al. (2012), there are 165 million children under the age of five who are stunted. This chapter focuses on stunting or chronic undernutrition, arguing that this is the most relevant nutrition problem in the context of human rights. It suggests that stunting at the age of two years is a reflection of inequity; has long-term negative health, economic, and social consequences for the individual, their offspring as well as the population they live in; and deprives them from the possibilities to have equal chances for the rest of their life. Therefore there is a need to include the prevention of chronic undernutrition, or stunting, as a ‘human right’.

Keywords:   stunting, undernutrition, human rights, children’s rights, health inequality

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