Malnutrition for Kids

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Malnutrition for Kids

Mutya Dancel

General Nutrition

Sarah Gaete

November 29 2017

Malnutrition for kids

Malnutrition is defined as a lack of proper nutrition, because of not having enough to eat or not eating enough of the right things, or being unable to use food that one does eat. Although malnutrition affects many adult life’s, but in many country, the most affective in malnutrition are kids in their early childhood because of nutrient deficiencies, growth failure, and poverty. This problem strikes kids in their early ages and continues until it become a disease and many get sick most of the time because of this problem. As research show “Undernutrition puts children at greater risk of dying from common infections, increases the frequency and severity of such infections, and contributes to delayed recovery.” (UNICEF) This explains why most kids get sick without the knowledge of their parents that they are insufficient of nutrients in their body.

        Nutrient deficiencies into a child that’s growing up is hard to figure out until they get a checkup. a child could look skinny or chubby but inside their body they are missing some nutrients. Even a child that eats a lot of vegetables can consider to be have malnutrition, or a child that attend activities in school can be under malnutrition. A child body functions begin to fail and signs of deficiency diseases become apparent these problems can result from under nutrient deficiencies and include birth defects, learning disabilities, impaired immunity, or can be premature birth. Most likely the nutrient’s that a child is missing are iodine, iron, vitamin A, and zinc.” Iodine deficiency affects one out of seven, resulting in stillbirths and irreversible mental retardation (cretinism) in 40 million newborns every year. More than 100 million children (younger than age 5) suffer from symptoms of vitamin A deficiency—blindness, growth retardation, and poor resistance to common childhood infections such as measles.” (Bhutta) This consequence of nutrient deficiencies is bad for this young mind kids that barely starting their life into this world. which why parents should be aware of what are they giving their kids and what they eat or take while pregnant.

        Growth failure is the cause of malnutrition because “Nearly one in four children in the developing world is severely underweight by the age of 5. These underweight children are malnourished and readily develop the diseases of poverty: parasitic and infectious diseases that cause diarrhea (dysentery and cholera), acute respiratory illnesses (pneumonia and whooping cough), measles, and malaria.” (Khambalia) Kids who experienced growth failure is not a good image for other child because today most of the kids that attends school get bullied all the time with their peers in school. Being bullied because of their physical image whether their fat or skinny, which makes kids lost their self-confidence and lost their stamina. Its also a result why a kid would go on diet and starved their self because they been called fat in school or a kid would start eating a lot of junk food because they are being called skinny in school. These problems caused their growth failure and not able to continue their body and mind because of this reason they experienced in their young age.