Worldwide, malnutrition contributes to almost half of the deaths in kids under 5, claiming the lives of over 3 million children per year.
A child facing poverty may not be hungry, but she may be malnourished and not getting the vitamins and minerals she needs to thrive. Without enough food or the right nutrition, kids face a variety of setbacks that can derail their path out of poverty.
Hunger means not having what you need to eat to meet energy needs. But hunger is just one issue in a complicated web of food-related problems faced by those in poverty throughout the world. AAHRED findings in malnutrition are as follows:
Predispose to Illness
Children with nutrition issues have weak immune systems, making them more likely to get sick. Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease in the world.
Danger of weak brain power
A brain starved of vital nutrients is one that can’t concentrate, setting hungry kids up for failure in school
Dangers of Obesity
Children can get too much food but too little of the vitamins and minerals they need, leaving them with all of the challenges that come from malnutrition and a whole new slate of health issues specific to obesity. It may seem counter-intuitive, but obesity is malnourished, because the term describes all forms of poor nutrition. Even when food is relatively prevalent, it can be nutrient-poor — particularly lower-cost foods.
ways to help us in tackling the problem:
- Healthy food education and promotion of physical activity programs
- Nutritional support on underweight children
- Start Nutrition workshops and cooking classes
- Introduce Education programs and interactive activities