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Global Health Population – Over or Under nutrition?

GlobalHealth Population – Over or Under nutrition?

GlobalHealth Population – Over or Under nutrition?

Asiarequires programs to tackle under nutrition since it is a big problemin the region. The money received should go into projects to fightunder nutrition. More children in Asia suffer from under nutrition ascompared to over nutrition. The number of children experiencing undernutrition in Asia is higher as compared to that of children who areoverweight (Rudert, 2014). 106 million children experience stuntedgrowth attributed to under nutrition. These children constitutetwo-thirds of the 162 million people in the developing world. Morechildren are expected to suffer from malnutrition-related wasting inthe coming years. According to an article on the prevalence ofmalnutrition among children in Asia, under nutrition leads to lowproductivity among children and adults in Asia. The rate of undernutrition is higher as compared to that of over nutrition (Coll,2013). These facts are alarming and thus calls for the availablefunds to be channeled to tackle under nutrition.

Undernutrition also needs to be addressed because most Asian countriescannot produce enough food for their citizens. A considerable numberof people in the region face hunger and starvation. According tofacts 70% of all malnourished children in the world live in Asia(Asia Hunger Facts, nd). 17% of females and 13% males areunderweight, and a total of 512 million people in Asia consume lowercalories as compared to what the body requires. The trend ischanging, but still, the governments need to do more to curb thisissue (Asia Hunger Facts, nd). Under nutrition is a burden in Asia,and needs to be addressed (Mason, Sanders, Musgrove, Soekirman, andGalloway, 2016). The number of women and children in Asia facingunder nutrition is greater than the number facing over nutrition.Most, because of poverty, are very much at risk of under nutrition,and many die as a result of the same. Once the issue has been lookedinto with the help of donor funds, then their health standards willimprove (Mason et al., 2016). Under nutrition also has more adverseeffects on the productivity of Asian adults as compared to overnutrition. It causes non-communicable diseases and deaths thuslowering Asia’s workforce. The main effect of over nutrition whichis obesity does not greatly affect the Asian workforce.

Incontinents like Asia where hunger and poverty are prevalent, mostgovernments have in place plans and programs to tackle undernutrition that need funding. It will be easy to gain their support ifthe restricted funds go towards tackling under nutrition. The USDepartment of Global Diplomacy and the governments can work towardsthe shared objective of fighting under nutrition. Over nutritionmostly affect the wealthy while under nutrition mainly affects thepoor in Asia. Under nutrition is more common as compared to overnutrition since most Asian countries are not economically stable andmost people cannot access balanced diets. It is wise at the moment tohave programs to combat under nutrition. In future, as the economiesof Asian countries stabilize, there is a chance that the problem ofover nutrition will be greater than that of under nutrition. Morecitizens, at that time, will be able to afford and access more food.Only then will it be wise to address the issue of over nutrition. InAsia, the number of wealthy people has grown, but they are stillfewer than the poor. Based on the mentioned factors, it will be morebeneficial to address over nutrition than under nutrition in Asia.The US Department of Global Diplomacy should thus use the restrictedfunds to address the problem of under nutrition.

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References

AsiaHunger Facts. (nd) What is the extent of hunger in Asia? HungerNotes.Retrieved from www.worldhunger.org/asia-hunger-facts/

CollJ. (2013). Update on the prevalence of malnutrition among children inAsia.NCBI Resources, PubMed.Author, Coll GL. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov /pubmed/15024783

MasonJB, Sanders D, Musgrove P, SoekirmanDT, GallowayJG. (2016). The International Bank for Reconstruction andDevelopment.The World Bank. Retrievedfrom: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11726/

RudertC. (2014). Malnutrition in Asia. UNICEF.Retrieved from www.ipu.org/splz-e/vientiane14/malnutrition.pdf