Topics: Nutrition, Malnutrition, Poverty Pages: 2 (365 words) Published: February 17, 2013
SCI 241 Week 8 Discussion Question 2

Review the following Web sites to prepare for Discussion Question 2, performing a search using the key words hunger, poverty, and malnutrition for the first three Web sites:
Post your response to these questions: Undernutrition continues to be a chronic problem for many countries throughout the developing world. What are some of the health problems associated with undernutrition? Explain the cycle of malnutrition. Who does it impact? Explain your answer.

Malnutrition usually develops in stages over time. Malnutrition may make your body weak and cause health problems such as trouble fighting infections and healing. Severe malnutrition may cause heart problems, breathing problems, and kidney problems. It can also cause changes in the level of chemicals in your blood called electrolytes. Severe malnutrition can even lead to death if it goes untreated. (Healthtouch, 2007)  

Some early signs and symptoms of malnutrition may include:
Irritable (bad mood) and tired
Slower growth than normal, or no growth (in children)
Weight loss
Later signs and symptoms of malnutrition may include:
Bone or joint pain, and weak muscles
Bloated abdomen and swelling in other parts of the body
Changes in the skin and hair
Brittle and spooned nails
Dry, scaly skin
Hair loss
Skin and hair change color
Loss of appetite (not hungry)
Slow wound healing and easily get infections
Sunken temples (sides of the head)
(Healthtouch, 2007)
The following people are at greater risk of having malnutrition: Infants and children who do not get the right type or amount of calories and nutrients Older adults
People who are taking medicines that decrease appetite or affect the digestion and absorption of nutrients People who abuse drugs or alcohol
People with eating disorders
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