Poverty And Hunger

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Good Health to Counter Poverty and Hunger Introduction to malnutrition and the current state of malnutrition in the Philippines Principally, malnutrition is a condition wherein the physiological functions of a person is damaged to the extent that the individual cannot be able to attain their expected bodily functions, particularly growth, resistance to illnesses, pregnancy, lactation and labor (Gillespie, S. & Mason, J. ,1991). The associated cause to the deterioration of bodily functions is the delayed initiation of breast feeding, food insecurity, contaminated water sources, and urbanization of health systems (Chaparro, C.,Oot, L.,& Sethuraman, K. ,2014) Moreover, one of the major precursors of malnutrition in a developing country like the Philippines is the lack of proper distribution of nutritionally adequate food. Since, the most affected individuals namely: infants, pre-school aged children, pregnant and nursing mothers, and the sick are greatly prone to malnutrition; they should be able to receive proper nutrition in order for them to contribute to the nation. Seeing that nutrition is a continuous process. If the fact is accepted it goes without saying that at no age can the…show more content…
According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI), a numerical measure based on the statistics gathered on the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition, the Philippines is experiencing a serious level of malnutrition. Essentially, there are two main types of malnutrition: protein energy malnutrition (PEM) and micronutrient deficiency diseases. Children with PEM suffer from either wasting (thinness) or stunting (shortness). Based on the current GHI, one in every 4 children is stunted while 9% of children worldwide are wasted and the mortality rate for children under five years of age is 3% (Gavilan, 2015). This poses as a sign that malnutrition urgently needs to be acted

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