Meaning of undernutrition in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʌndənjʊˈtrɪʃn/


mass noun
  • Lack of proper nutrition, caused by not having enough food or not eating enough food containing substances necessary for growth and health.

    ‘getting essential vitamins and minerals on the menu for all children is key to reducing undernutrition’
    • ‘Undernutrition contributes to the deaths of more than two million children every year.’
    • ‘Researchers continue to discover other consequences related to undernutrition during pregnancy.’
    • ‘Public health and nutritional interventions can have an important role in reducing child undernutrition.’
    • ‘Countries marred by conflict or fragility have some of the highest rates of acute and chronic undernutrition in the world.’
    • ‘The findings showed no link between economic growth and undernutrition rates at a country level.’
    • ‘More than 3 million deaths in 2010 were attributable to excess body weight - more than three times as many as undernutrition.’
    • ‘And more than one quarter of all newborn deaths are attributed to restricted growth in the womb due to maternal undernutrition.’
    • ‘About half of the countries in the world are not just grappling with the undernutrition problem but also the overnutrition problem as well.’
    • ‘The countries with the highest burden of undernutrition, responsible for as many as 2.6m child deaths a year, are the most exposed to food price spikes.’
    • ‘Undernutrition is not simply caused by a lack of food, but results from a complex interplay of intra- and intergenerational factors.’