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What is child Malnutrition?

Malnutrition is not the sensation of hunger pangs it’s a medical condition in which the body can not maintain normal physical functions due to lack of nutrients from food. There are two types, each leaving a child dangerously vulnerable to infection and disease.


ACUTE MALNUTRITION is caused by a sudden lack of food—often due to a drought or other natural disaster. The telltale sign is WASTING, measured by low weight in relation to height. Without sufficient food, a child’s body uses energy stored in fat—eventually causing the body to break down.


CHRONIC MALNUTRITION occurs when a child lacks sufficient nutrition over a long period of time. The telltale sign is STUNTING, measured by low height in relation to age. A stunted child’s body and brain develop at a slower rate than normal, especially during the first 1,000 days of life. The effects are irreversible.