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06/03/2018

50% of the families in Guatemala do not have access to a balanced diet

These families bear a "triple load" as they include a malnourished child, an obese mother and a teenager with a micronutrient deficiency.

Traditional Mayan Market day in Chichicastenango, Guatemala

In Guatemala, the country in Latin America with the highest rates of chronic child malnutrition, 50% of families do not have access to a balanced diet and adolescents face an even more difficult situation with "significant" problems of malnutrition.

This has been demonstrated by two studies analyzing various regions of the country presenting different results, which concluded that "more than 50% of families do not have access to a balanced diet that meets their nutritional requirements," explained Mario Touchette, WFP representative in Guatemala. Adolescents, which constitute the largest segment of the population, face major problems, with families that bear a "triple load," including among their members a malnourished child, an obese mother and a teenager with a micronutrient deficiency.

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