Malnutrition is when you have lack of proper nutrition, caused by not having enough to eat, not eating enough of the right things.
What does malnutrition do?
It increases your risk of developing medical conditions associated with inadequate or excessive consumption of specific nutrients. For example, deficiencies of vitamin C or iron can lead to a low red blood cell count, or anemia.
How to prevent malnutrition:
- Healthier food choices
- Snacking on healthy foods is a good way to get extra nutrients and calories between meals
- Adding supplements to your diet
- Exercise normally
- Be social
- Not drink alcohol on a normal basis
What problems does malnutrition cause?
- Unexpected weight losing
- Sleepy and have no energy
- Lack of muscles or defeat of strength
- Becoming depressed
- Memory loss
- Weak immune system
Number of hungry people in the world. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016.
Many children who are severely malnourished typically experience slow behaviour development, even mental retardation may occur.
Even when treated, undernutrition may have a long-term effects in children, with impairments in mental function and digestive problems persisting, in some cases for the rest of their lives.