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Five in six children under two years old in developing countries are not getting enough of the right kinds of food, putting them at risk of irreversible mental and physical damage, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday.  Half of children aged between six and 23 months are not being fed frequently enough, UNICEF said.  And a widespread lack of solid foods and variety of ingredients are depriving the same age group of essential nutrients when their growing brains, bones and bodies need them the most, the agency said.  Even in well-off families in developing countries, “far too many” infants and young children are missing out, the agency said in a report published ahead of World Food Day on Oct 16.

“How can it be that in 2016 we still have so many children who are not getting enough nutrition (for) healthy growth?” France Begin, senior nutrition adviser at…

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