Promoting healthy lifestyle to minimize malnutrition
Teacher III, Tanque National High School
ONE of the biggest problems that our world is facing nowadays is the increasing rate of malnutrition. There are so many reasons why malnutrition is rising. This is actually a common issue that comes with an alarming truth.
Malnutrition is a global challenge in lowincome and middle-income countries. In fact, study showed that continents like Africa and Asia have the highest number of people who are suffering from hunger.
Malnutrition i s both a cause and a consequence of ill-health. It is classified into three various states namely: under-nutrition; over-nutrition; and the deficiencies of specific nutrients. One common misconception that people think is that when they heard the word malnutrition it means that someone due to poverty doesn’t have sufficient nutrients intake or food to eat.
Well, let me tell you it isn’t like that. Malnutrition as stated above is categorized into various states. The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology defines malnutrition as the pathological state, general or specific, resulting from a relative or absolute deficiency or excess in the diet of one or more essential nutrients, which may be manifested clinically or detectable by physical, biochemical or functional signs or both.
Poor nutrition contributes to the low performance and lack of interest of a child
in school. It is also associated in developing different diseases and poor development of a child both physically and mentally. According to Save the Children Foundation, the Philippines has one in three children below 5 years old who is malnourished.
That is why it is very important to promote having healthy lifestyle to minimize this issue. Eating healthy food to avoid this issue is essential especially among students and young people. Promoting healthy lifestyle is the best way to lessen the malnutrition and encourage young people to be healthy.
Practicing good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Nowadays, young people often eat unhealthy snacks – those with high sugar, salt and fat content, and are not good for their health. Malnutrition will surely be minimized if promoting healthy lifestyle will be executed. Combined with physical activity, avoiding vices like too much drinking and smoking, proper sleep, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer, and promote your overall health.
What you eat and what you do is closely linked to your health. Balanced nutrition plays a vital role in holistic development of an individual. By making healthier food choices, you can prevent or treat some conditions. Always remember, healthier lifestyle is healthier you! ( Paid article)