Imagine a world where every child has an equal opportunity to grow healthy and strong. Unfortunately, for millions of children in Nigeria and around the world, malnutrition stands in the way. With the rate at which malnutrition affects children in Nigeria, the importance of adequate nutrition cannot be overstressed.
First, let’s define malnutrition.
Malnutrition is a condition caused by a lack of proper nutrients in the diet. This can include a lack of protein, vitamins, and minerals, among other essential nutrients. When a child is malnourished, their growth is stunted, their immune system is weakened, and they are at risk of chronic health problems.
Now that we know how badly malnutrition can affect children, let’s talk about how prevalent malnutrition is in our society.
Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children in the world, with a national prevalence rate of 32 percent of children under five. An estimated 2 million children in Nigeria suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), but only two out of every 10 children affected are currently reached with treatment. Seven percent of women of childbearing age also suffer from acute malnutrition.
This is partly due to poverty, lack of access to nutritious food, and a lack of understanding about what constitutes a balanced diet. Many children in Nigeria do not receive the proper nutrition they need to grow and thrive and that’s where dietary supplements come in.
By providing children with the essential nutrients they need, such as vitamins and minerals, found in dietary supplements, we can help promote healthy growth and development. We must also spread more awareness of the causes of malnutrition and its effects, as it is a vital tool in addressing the issue of malnutrition.