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Nov 11, 2009 12:36 PM by Associated Press

UN: Nearly 200 million children undernourished

A new U.N. report says there are nearly 200 million children around the world who have stunted growth because they don't get enough to eat.

The U.N. children's agency says more than 90 percent of those children live in poor Asian and African countries. The UNICEF report also says undernourished children often lack the strength to fight off diseases and complications, and more than a third of all deaths among children under five are linked to the problem.

Little money has gone into children's food programs in the developing world, compared to higher-profile problems. AIDS, for example, causes about 2 percent of all child deaths but gets more than 20 cents of every dollar spent on public health.

UNICEF is calling for more money and more programs to address the problem, such as providing vitamin A supplements and promoting breast-feeding.

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