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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Deaths caused by poor nutrition

The link at the bottom of the page leads to an article that reports that three and a half million children die globally each year as a result of poor nutrition.

Amazingly, one out of four of these deaths could have been prevented by breast feeding and vitamin A supplements (the article also mentions zinc supplements).

Something else that I found interesting was the article's focus on poor nutrition and the resulting effect on growth. Vitamin and mineral deficiency states can irreparably stunt human physical growth, and damage cognitive growth and development as well.

Deficiencies of basic nutrients, however, should be easy enough to rectify with basic supplements. And it makes me wonder if any programs exist to distribute vitamin and mineral supplements to populations that are at risk due to basic nutrient deficiencies.

Poor diets 'kill 3.5m children'

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At January 24, 2008 12:30 PM , Blogger Robin Plan said...

Yes poor nutrition is an everyday issue. I know a lady who's 9-year-old son died 6 weeks after getting a virus. He ate the normal kids diet of chicken nuggets and french fries. This lady will always wonder if she could have saved her son with better nutrition.
If I could afford to do it, I would gladly give supplements to kids who need them. All I can do is help educate on better nutrition and whole food supplements.
Great post.


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