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Running head: NUTRITION AND SEXUAL HEALTH1Nutrition and Sexual HealthArmanpreet Singh26/3/2021
2NUTRITION AND SEXUAL HEALTHNutrition and Sexual HealthNutrition forms a critical aspect of human development. One of the World HealthOrganization's (WHO) 's main goals is to ensure Health for All, meaning achieving the highestattainable level of health. However, malnutrition hinders the achievement of WHO’s goal.Nutrition entails the access and utilization of food to obtain nutrients necessary for the growth,development, well-being, and healthy life. WHO explains that there is a global challenge interms of malnutrition. In every three people, one suffers from vitamin and mineral deficiency,underweight or obesity, overweight, and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (WorldHealth Organization, 2018). According to the WHO policy review, the statistics in 2015 showthat more than 1.9 billion adults globally were diagnosed as overweight or obese while another462 million people globally were underweight (World Health Organization, 2018). In 2016, 192million children aged between 5-19 years were underweight, while another 340 million childrenwere either overweight or obese (World Health Organization, 2018). In 2017, the global statisticsshow that 51million children were affected by wasting, 38million were said to be overweight,and 151 million experienced stunting (World Health Organization, 2018). The statistics presentedby the WHO demonstrate the severity of nutrition globally. Malnutrition poses a challengebecause it inhibits the ability of children to attain their full potential. In addition, undernutritionaccounts for nearly half of the deaths among children below five years. Children are now beingdiagnosed as overweight and obese in middle and low-income countries. Previously it was notthe case because such diagnoses were primarily found in high-income countries. This trend isattributed to the increase in unhealthy diets.Apart from nutrition, sexual health is also an area of concern. At the internationalconference on population and development held in 1994, sexual health was encompassed in
3NUTRITION AND SEXUAL HEALTHreproductive health (United Nations Population Fund, n.d). The WHO defines sexual health as astate of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality and not merelythe absence of disease, infirmity, or dysfunction (World Health Organization, 2011). The highestattainable standard of sexual health is achieved when there are systems in place that protect thesexual rights of all people. Thus, it is essential to be positive and demonstrate respect inapproaching sexuality and sexual relationships. It is important to note that sexual health isundergoing evolution to a level where sexual health is recognized as necessary to live a healthylife. The significance of nutrition and sexual health in contributing to an individual's overallwell-being justifies the need to focus on nutrition and sexual health from a global perspectiveand specifically in Canada.

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