Malnutrition includes undernutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight), inadequate vitamins or minerals, overweight, obesity, and resulting diet-related noncommunicable diseases. Malnutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under 5. That’s 3.1 million children each year. As children get older, they need enough food and nutrients to fuel their growing bodies. Unfortunately, 1 out of 6 children in developing countries are underweight effecting their physical and cognitive development. When trapped in poverty, adolescents may be malnourished, be forced out of school, and if they’re girls — be at risk for marrying or conceiving at a young age. Unfortunately, the effects of malnutrition don’t end in adulthood. Many adults who suffered from malnutrition at a younger age also have chronic health problems and weaker immune systems. This means that they may get sick more often, be sick for longer, and be less able to work and provide for a family.