How Does Malnutrition Affects our Health
Malnutrition is not the problem of any particular section of this world. Any person who is not eating healthy food can face this problem.Malnutrition may arise with inadequate or overabundant food intake, an imbalance of dietary nutrients or an inability to digest, absorb or utilize the food you eat. Malnutrition can really be hazardous for health and it can give a number of difficulties.
Most of us are so busy in our day to day life that we hardly pay any attention towards eating nutritious food. It is the reason that we eat whatever available without thinking that how it is going to affect our body. Processed foods are easily available into the market and many of us do not think twice before eating it. These kinds of foods do not have necessary nutrients and it affects the health badly.
Nowadays most of the people are spending money on healthcare products but they are ignoring the fact that they can save this additional amount if they choose correct things to eat. If we do not eat the required balanced diet then we can be forced to use healthcare products
Symptoms of malnutrition :
People who are malnourished may be skinny or bloated. Their skin is pale, thick, dry, and bruises easily. Rashes and changes in pigmentation are common. Malnourished children may be short for their age, thin, listless, and have weakened immune systems.
* Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
* Loss of reflexes and lack of coordination
* Muscle twitches
* Scaling and cracking of the lips and mouth.
Some long term effects of malnutrition can be poor growth and problems with organ function.
* Malnutrition affects the level of glucose in our body which in turn can be dangerous for the level of protein. The level of required fats also reduces during this period. The organs of our body stop the work individually and the overall consequences are extremely dangerous.
* Malnutrition frequently causes abnormal growth, development and body weight. Inadequate food intake, or under nutrition, among infants and children can lead to stunted growth and delayed physical and mental development. With moderate to severe malnutrition, children may be profoundly underweight. Under nutrition significantly increases the likelihood of death in infancy and childhood
* Malnutrition associated with excess consumption of calories and nutrients, or over nutrition, poses a significant and growing health threat in developed countries. Chronic over nutrition leads to overweight and obesity, which increase your risk of developing serious medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, abnormal blood fat levels, osteoarthritis, menstrual irregularities, female infertility, fatty liver disease, gallstones and colon, breast and uterine cancer. I
* Increased risk for noncancerous medical conditions occurs among overweight children as well as adults, which underscores the importance of managing overweight and obesity early in life to prevent premature death among at-risk children and young adults.
* Malnutrition during infancy and early childhood may increase your risk of developing chronic diseases, including diabetes, asthma, allergies and heart disease.
Therefore eating disorders as well as non-availability of food are the reasons of malnutrition.