What is MALNUTRITION?
Malnutrition is the condition that develops when the body does not get the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients necessary to maintain healthy tissues, cellular structure and organ function. Malnourished children may be short for their age, thin or bloated, listless and have weakened immune systems. Nutritional disorders can affect any system in the body there by triggering the two most prominent causes of over 90% of all diseases: stress and inflammation. Inadequate nutrition also affects the senses of sight, taste, and smell. It may also produce anxiety, changes in mood, and other psychiatric systems.
The World Health Organization has reported hunger and related malnutrition as the greatest single threats to the world’s public health. Improving nutrition is widely regarded as the most effective form of aid. With the number of malnourished kids increasing every day, malnutrition has become a great cause of concern in today’s society.
- 1/3 to ½ of all childhood deaths in the world are linked to malnutrition(lack of proper nutrition; inadequate or unbalanced nutrition).
- Undernutrition (nutritional deficiency resulting from lack of food or from the inability of the body to convert or absorb it.)contributes to 53% of the 9.7 million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.
- Vitamin A deficiencies affect approximately 25% of the developing world’s preschoolers and lead to the death of approximately 1-3 million children a year.
- Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of brain damage in young children.
- Iron deficiency, the most prevalent form of malnutrition, impairs the mental development of 40%-60% of children in developing countries and affects 180 million children under the age of four.
- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked directly to the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
- An average of 450,000 children under age five die due to zinc deficiency.
Essential nutrition is simply not available to millions of orphans and children around the world. The resulting malnutrition is considered to be a child’s most difficult challenge. Every year five million children die from malnutrition. That’s one child every six seconds! Children become malnourished when they don’t receive the adequate nutrients their bodies need to maintain health.
“Food” is not enough - there is a Difference between FEEDING and NOURISHING
Current food programs are mainly cereal-based and lack many of the nutrients young children need. According to international relief organization Doctors Without Borders, food is not enough. In fact, these fortified, blended flours no longer meet the World HealthOrganization’s minimum nutritional criteria for young children). In other words, filing a child’s stomach not only fails to correct the problem, it only serves as a temporary fix to a much bigger problem.
Every year, the United States sends two to three billion dollars of synthetically enriched grain-based cereals to feed the world’s most vulnerable children. Unfortunately, it has been determined that these cereal products do not meet the minimum nutritional criteria for young children set by experts at the World Health Organization.
Simply put, filling a child’s stomach doesn’t correct the problem of malnutrition.
Even localized feeding programs have found that it is almost impossible to obtain the right variety of quality food to provide an adequate level of nutritional support.
Relief Foods Are Enriched With Synthetically Made Vitamins and Minerals
Over 95%of vitamin/mineral supplements sold are synthetic derivatives of petrochemicals derived from oil. These chemically made vitamins are inexpensive and can be easily standardized to RDI levels. Synthetically made vitamins are also used to fortify processed foods.
Inorganic Mineral Salts
Minerals used in processed food fortification and supplementation are recovered by mining ores or from by-products of chemical processes. Tests have shown that these minerals do not dissolve in either the stomach or small intestine and probably pass through the body without being absorbed. Plants, however, predigest inorganic minerals up through the soil, and then bond them into a food matrix, which makes them soluble for human consumption.
Children matter—to each other, to our communities, and to our company. This has been our core belief for 30 years and always will be. Our world, our workforce, our business, and each community we serve are all stronger because of it.
Children suffering from malnutrition need more natural, nutrient-dense foods to best support their nutritional needs. Recent advancements in hydroponically grown vegetables are an example of how modern science can provide new sources of standardized, plant-sourced nutrients that can effectively meet this need. Doctors Without Borders and other relief-oriented organizations have called for the development of ready-to-use solutions to supply children in need.
Getting proper and sufficient nutritional support in the first few years of life is critical for child development. Lack of proper nutritional support in children under five can cause effects that can last a lifetime. Thanks to A@5, children can now get the nutritional support their growing bodies need. The various products A@5 offers are suitable to nourish as they can be easily added to any cooked meal or given in chewable form.
The sheer nature of what we do as a company is driving change in every part of society. Whole food-sourced vitamins and minerals, when added to our unique immune-support technology, can provide the necessary fuel to combat the inadequacies of food-only feeding programs, thereby enhancing all our efforts. A@5 is constantly seeking innovative and effective new technological products by way of social investments that help to make a transformational impact on nutrition for the world’s children in need.