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From the 2 billion adults who carry too much weight to the 159 million children with stunted growth, malnutrition takes many forms.West Africa is home to some of the world's highest rates of malnutrition. But West Africa also suffers from many other forms of malnutrition. Perhaps the least obvious face of malnutrition is not undernutrition, but excessive weight and obesity. Today, 31 percent of adults in West Africa are overweight or obese. Malnutrition also has serious economic consequences. The 2016 Global Nutrition Report estimates that, across Africa, malnutrition results in a loss of 11 percent of GDP – more than the annual losses brought about by the 2008-2010 global financial crisis.Progress has been mixed, particularly in West Africa.According to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report, donor funds for nutrition-focused interventions are stagnating at $1 billion. Nine West African governments spend, on average, just over 1 percent of their budgets on nutrition.
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