Women and Nutrition Risk Factors
Micronutrient deficiencies are risk factors1 for many diseases and can contribute to high rates of morbidity and mortality. Even moderate levels of deficiency can have detrimental effects on human health. Micronutrient deficiency is widespread in industrialized nations, but even more so in the developing regions of the world. Around the world, 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiency, also known as "hidden hunger."
Young children and women of reproductive age are among those most at risk for developing micronutrient deficiencies. The three most common forms of micronutrient malnutrition are iron, vitamin A, and iodine deficiency.
1. United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition [Internet]. [cited 2014 August] Available from: http://www.unscn.org/en/home/why-nutrition-is-important.php