Malnutrition in children remains one of the greatest challenges in Nigeria. Our duty is to fight this disease that threatens our future.
Malnutrition is the state of getting too little or too much of certain nutrients (i.e. under eating or over eating in terms of quality and quantity of food eaten). It can lead to serious health issues, including stunted growth, reduced cognitive development, affective, development eye problems, diabetes and heart disease.
Malnutrition affects billions of people around the world today. With the global state of wars, insurgencies, strife and banditry, malnutrition has become a serious challenge to human health; predisposing it sufferers children and adults -to all or more than the above diseases. Even in affluence malnutrition presents as over nutrition – still predisposing its sufferers to obesity and its attendant life-style conditions non-communicable such as-cardio vascular diseases, diabetes etc.
WHO says “Malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients. The term malnutrition covers 2 broad groups of conditions. One is ‘undernutrition’—which includes stunting (low height for age), wasting (low weight for height), underweight (low weight for age) and micronutrient deficiencies or insufficiencies (a lack of important vitamins and minerals). The other is overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer)”.