Malnutrition is the lack of proper nutrition, caused by not having enough to eat, not eating enough of the right things, or being unable to use the food that one does eat.
Childhood malnutrition is not always the result of hunger or too little food available. Complicating factors may include: unsuitable foods given to children that do not provide sufficient protein, energy, or micronutrients; lack of dietary diversity; inadequate care or feeding practices; frequent infections or disease from inaccessible or poor health services; and unsafe water or insufficient sanitation systems.
Adequate nutrition, especially in the first 1,000 days of life, can have a lasting impact on a child’s future. Edesia’s range of ready-to-use foods (RUFs) target various stages of malnutrition in children, including prevention of malnutrition.