Malnutrition is a condition when the body is not supplied with enough nutrients from the food that is being consumed. India has been battling malnutrition amongst children for decades. There are several diseases that are caused when a body suffers with malnutrition because our body becomes an open ground for the harmful bacteria and virus without enough nutrients to fight them off.
Causes of Malnutrition
Malnutrition in our society is mostly because of the socio-economic status of a family. Poor families with low income cannot afford nutritious foods that contain vitamins and minerals that our body requires. Their meals lack dairy, eggs and protein. They cannot afford to have such extravagance and mostly rely on plain rice and water.
There are other causes too – such as religion barriers where people restrict themselves to a certain diet and dietary restrictions that some of us follow to lose weight. However, these reasons are voluntary. But the problem of malnutrition because of low family status is something which is involuntary and can be corrected.
What Has the Government Done?
Midday meal scheme in the government schools of India assure that these kids get healthy meal once in a day. The food served here complies with the nutritional standards set by the government. Indisputably there has been a decline in the percentage of stunted children yet we have a long way to go. There are several other programmes that are run by UNICEF, NCF and other foundations for children who aim in providing healthy food to the children of our society.
What Can We Do?
There are millions of malnourished children who roam the streets of India each day. When we have bountiful for us every day we can definitely spare something for them from our kitchen. It is just healthy food that they ask for and not an expensive coffee from Starbucks.