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Young Bites. Dated: 3/13/2018 11:13:25 AM

The poor people cannot afford for relatively costly and protective food such as eggs, meat, fish, milk and fruits. Therefore, the poor purchasing capacity is a very important factor in the prevalence of malnutrition. There are several other factors such as ignorance of the people, prices of foods, population increase and urbanization contributes considerably for malnutrition. The diseases arising out of over nutrition are diabetes, arterial hypertension and diseases of the gall bladder. Physical ailments and deformities, rough and wrinkled skin, anemia, sleeplessness, mental indifference, absence of alertness, fatigue, rickets etc. are some of the symptoms of malnutrition. Since malnutrition is the outcome of several factors social, economic, cultural and psychological the problem can be solved only by taking action simultaneously at various levels family, community, national and international levels. The problem of the in a equate nutrition can only be adequately tackled by the close co-operation and co-ordination of effort between administrators, elected representatives of the people, voluntary organizations, international bodies and ultimately by the people themselves. People should be educated about the requirement of nutrition and food and arrangements should be made for the medical examination of the children by the doctors. As a precautionary measure provision should be made for crèches and children homes and students should be provided with meals in the schools. However, the long range objective of the overall programme will be the improvement of the health of the community.Malnutrition is a critical issue that affects children worldwide. Given that, the social determinants of health are defined as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. These conditions are ‘’shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. More generally, when dealing with the issue of child malnutrition, there are many leading factors that contribute to the issue. A basic definition of malnutrition is “lack of the minimum amount of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients essential for health and proper growth. The rates of malnutrition are at a staggering high in India. Even though India had a rapid expansion, the government has still failed to provide mainly the children with nutrition to help them live a healthy life. India contains some of the world’s most densely populated areas and is home to some of the world’s poorest populations as well. Underdeveloped nations such as India are in need of economic assistance from developed nations in order to help them to improve the living conditions and situations of the most poor and vulnerable of their population.


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