Malnutrition in Children and Its Effects

919 WordsApr 26, 20064 Pages
Maltreatment in Children and Its Effects When the term maltreatment comes to mind, we often think of many things. Whether it is physical abuse, mental abuse, or neglect, one term that does not always come up is malnutrition. Malnutrition is defined as, "Faulty nutrition due to inadequate or unbalanced intake of nutrients or their impaired assimilation or utilization (Dictionary.com)." Malnutrition is usually associated with third world countries and the families who live there who are poor and underprivileged. That statement, however, is incorrect. Here in the U.S., malnutrition is a battle that families and children have to fight on a day to day basis. Malnutrition is often thought to only occur in countries that are considered…show more content…
Not only does non adequate meals affect the child's performance is also affects them emotionally. The child might often wonder why they cannot have the meals their friends at school are having, such as pizza instead of a peanut butter sandwich again. In certain cases, a child might go to his or her friend's house and just want to eat because they do not get the same foods when they go home. Emotionally that must be scarring to look forward going to a friend's home in order to get a healthy, well balanced meal. Although there are many programs to help children get well balanced meals at school, such as the free lunch program, that too must be hard for the child. In some schools, a card must be shown in order to receive the lunch for free, which can be embarrassing for a child. Instead of showing the card, the child might skip lunch all together which can be more harmful, especially when that one meal will be the only one guaranteed to be well balanced (Williams III, 2000). Malnutrition is an epidemic we must face everyday whether it is here in the U.S. or halfway across the world in India. Children all over the world are suffering these effects which can be long term whether they or their parents realize it. Malnutrition effects performance, grades, activity, and cognition in more ways than ever thought possible. In conclusion, malnutrition in children has it effects
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