Unformatted text preview: Hunger can interfere with a person’s mental and physical development in many different ways. Not only that, but hunger can also open the body up for other diseases that can affect the growing process because the lack of certain vitamins and minerals causes the immune system to become weaker. However, the issue is not with hunger itself but with the lack of nutrients and energy that are associated with it. To begin, let’s examine the three general categories that are results from being malnourished. The first category is wasting, which means a low weight for height. The second is underweight, which means low weight for age. And third is stunting, which is a low height for age. These symptoms of hunger are more associated with the physical problems that result from the lack of food. They can also cause more problems later in life and early death. Mental retardation can also occur because the brain cannot get the required energy it needs to function properly. This is essential early in life when it is still developing and required energy it needs to function properly....
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- Fall '08
- Nutrition, Vitamin, vitamin A deficiency, low weight