How Nestlé is improving children's health

The world is facing several global health challenges. In 2019, 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. At the same time, 47 million children under 5 suffered from wasting. Food is unevenly distributed across the globe, with some people eating too many nutrient-poor foods and some not getting enough food at all. Additionally, the nutritional value of foods consumed is not always well balanced, leading to deficiencies in vital vitamins and minerals.

We are launching more nutritious foods and beverages, simplifying ingredient lists and removing artificial colors to help tackle these global public health issues and to meet evolving consumer preferences. Through micronutrient fortification of affordable staples, we are helping address conditions like anemia and wasting, especially in vulnerable populations. We are also further decreasing sugars, sodium and saturated fat in our products while increasing vegetables and whole grains.

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By helping kids build good nutrition and lifestyle habits, we can enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.

Find out more about our global initiatives to help kids lead healthier lives.

Nestlé for Healthier Kids

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Our expert says

Our research is making an important contribution to understanding how to provide the right nutrition at every stage of childhood. It will also help us to develop more personalized nutrition solutions for children with metabolic conditions (e.g. diabetes). These solutions are often the best way to optimize healthy growth.

Using this knowledge to understand what is crucial for healthy growth supports Nestlé’s 2030 ambition to help 50 million children lead healthier lives. It is just one of the ways Nestlé are enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

François-Pierre Martin
François-Pierre Martin Researcher in Nutrition and Metabolism, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

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