David Beckham joins UNICEF to call an end to child malnutrition

Beckham calls for action against child stunting
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Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder calls for an end to child malnutrition as he appeals for action with UNICEF.

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has teamed up with UNICEF in an ambassadorial role to encourage action against child stunting.

The 37-year-old has tried to bring attention to the millions of children suffering with stunted growth and development due to malnutrition in a host of poor countries.

"Stunting is what happens when a child doesn't get the right nutrients in their first 1,000 days of life," said Beckham.

"The damage to a child's brain and body is permanent. They will never learn as much as they could if they had received the right food from the start. It can mean up to three years' loss of schooling."

The former England captain is one of 60 UNICEF ambassadors.

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