Undernutrition in under fives causes damage that has an impact throughout their lives – a legacy that is borne by nearly 50% of the nation’s children

Spiderman is coiled for action across three-year-old Samuel’s bloated tummy. But the boy under the superhero T-shirt is floppy with lethargy. He mutely eyes the doctor from his aunt Margaret’s lap and clutches a half-eaten frankfurter in one grubby hand.

It’s not exactly health food, but paediatrician Dr Henry Welch is nonetheless pleased.

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