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Nourishing A Child Essay

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The word hunger can mean the painful sensation caused by the want of food, the want or scarcity of food in a country or a strong desire or craving. In relation to the term World Hunger, the word refers to the want or scarcity of food in a country (World Hunger, 2011). In areas of the world, including the United States, where hunger is an issue, malnourishment becomes a very serious concern. Malnutrition is a very basic term referring to the general lack of some or all nutrients needed to support human health. There are two main types of malnutrition, Protein- energy malnutrition (PEM) and micronutrient deficiency (World Hunger, 2011). While both types of malnutrition are dangerous, PEM is the most important and most notable form of the disease and is eminently fatal. In the early developmental years of a child’s life, specifically from zero to five years of age, malnutrition is of the greatest concern. Failing to properly feed a child’s body can cause irreversible damage to the mind leading to developmental delays, stunted physical cognitive and emotional growth, mental retardation, livelong illness and even death. In many countries across the globe, lack of funds and resources contribute greatly the malnourished child issues. However, in established countries such as the United States, where extensive programs such as Women Infants and Children are established to eradicate these issues, they still exist. This is due in large part to a lack of education. Many young mothers are unaware of the nutritional needs of their young children. Unfortunately, many cases are also a result of abuse and neglect. Regardless of the motive or situation leading up to the circumstances which provided for a malnourished child, education is the answer. Parents that have an understanding of the effects of food deprivation, the required sustenance and the assistance programs in place will provide better for their children resulting in healthy growth and development.
In the early years of life, from approximately ages zero to three, the brain experiences dramatic changes in cognitive, linguistic and psychosocial development which can be dramatically affected by any decrease in the appropriate amount of nutrients to the brain.
Children with severe growth retardation secondary to protein-energy malnutrition in the post weaning period manifest a striking behavior syndrome that has been well described as torpid, apathetic, inactive, fearful, cheerless, nearly, mute, and anorexic and they lack spontaneity (DeLong, 1993). In 2005 an estimated thirty two percent of all children in developing countries under the age of five, approximately one hundred seventy eight million children, were shown to have stunted growth or low weight for height (Ruel & Hoddinott, 2008). In the United States, malnourished children ages three to eight have been shown to have low physical function, poor academic performance, greater weight gain amongst girls and low psychosocial functioning (Ruel...

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