Topic: Infant and Child Nutrition
School: Williamston High School
Children. The future of this world. It is commonly believed that our children of tomorrow are going to be the ones to fix the problems of today, but if the children of tomorrow aren’t given the proper care, how will they ever be able to fix anything? One of the most important factors of childcare is child nutrition. Child nutrition is incredibly important as children need proper nutrients to grow up healthy and strong. Nutrition for children also helps establish a foundation for healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food. Child and Infant nutrition is the key to raising the future generation to be more healthy and prosperous. However, the world has a long way to go in order to fix the problem of child and infant nutrition. Globally there were 149 million children under the age of 5 who were stunted, 49 million who were severely underweight and 40 million who were overweight. This is an issue that must be resolved in order to save the future children of tomorrow from becoming part of this statistic.
The children in Morocco are no exception. It is said that 25 out of every thousand babies die during their first month alive. In a report done by the world food bank and “nutrition at a glance” 15% of infants are born with a low birth weight, and about 70% of children are not exclusively breastfed until the recommended 6 months. 23% of children under the age of five are stunted, 9% are underweight, and 10% are extremely underweight. 16% under the age of 5 are overweight. All of this is due to the lack of proper nutrition in families. There is much that still needs to be done in our country and that is what Morocco would like to discuss at this WHO meeting.
Morocco wants to discuss a few different things in order to help the children. First, it has been incredibly common, but education needs to play a big role in order to help the children truly succeed in life. In order to help with the education of our children. Because of national sovereignty, it is difficult to make a curriculum that will appease all countries and cultures, but if this curriculum used broad and slightly vague terms, it could be interpreted in different ways based on your country or culture. This ensures that all countries that use the curriculum have the same understanding on how to properly take care of a child’s nutrition. Secondly, it is very important that the WHO tries to fund organizations that prom. Third and final, Morocco thinks that we must put on a positive role model for the children of tomorrow, because truthfully we can do whatever we want and nothing would happen if the children and infants have bad role models.
- Emily Preston