Stunting not as bad as expected in Occupied Palestinian Territory

An estimated 200 million children aged under five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth due to maternal and childhood undernutrition, according to a new UNICEF report.

“Stunting is associated with developmental problems and is often impossible to correct. A child who is stunted is likely to experience a lifetime of poor health and underachievement,” a UNICEF statement on 11 November said.

In the Middle East, the Occupied Palestinian Territory has a stunting prevalence of 10 percent, a surprisingly better result than other, far wealthier neighbours, which have the following scores:

Lebanon - 11

Jordan - 12

Oman - 13

UAE - 17

Saudi Arabia - 20

Kuwait - 24

Iraq - 26

Syria - 28

Egypt - 29

Yemen – 58