Is My Child At Risk?
Hidden Hunger Is Often Invisible
Micronutrient deficiencies, otherwise known as Hidden Hunger, are often invisible and can strike seemingly well-fed children. A recent study of 634 Bangalore schoolchildren, from various socio-economic classes, found that up to 95% could be at risk of inadequate micronutrient intake.
Your child may appear healthy but might be suffering negative impacts on health and wellbeing. For example, they may be stunted, have poor night vision or suffer frequently from illness.
Use The Nutrimeter Diet Assessment Tool
Some warning signs you could spot are loss of appetite, lethargy, and breathlessness, often associated with iron deficiency. Use the Nutrimeter online food test to assess if your child is getting the nutrition they need. It evaluates your inputted diet to assess the gaps in requirements and intake of micronutrients. You can also use the Nutrimeter ongoing to keep a close watch on your child’s daily nutritional needs and adjust their diets accordingly.
What Can I Do?
The Power Of Micronutrients
You can help reduce the risk of Hidden Hunger by managing your child’s micronutrient intake. Micronutrients are the essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for good health, growth and development. Although needed in small quantities, they play an essential role in good nutrition for children. Micronutrients allow the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other important substances for healthy growth and development.
Inadequate intake of micronutrients can impact healthy growth in children. In extreme circumstances, Micronutrient deficiency can lead to stunted growth, impaired mental function, and hinder the development of strong immune systems. It can also raise the risk of anaemia, often caused by a lack of iron.
Up To 9 in 10 Children Were At The Risk Of Micronutrient Deficiency
India remains home to 18.4 crore undernourished people, many of whom are children suffering from micronutrient deficiency, otherwise known as Hidden Hunger. A recent Bangalore study of 634 urban schoolchildren found that up to 9 out of 10 were at risk of dietary micronutrient deficiencies, regardless of their socio-economic background.
The risk of inadequate nutrient intake in the Bangalore study was most for Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B12 and Iron. These deficiencies could leave children susceptible to stunting, weakened immune systems, impaired cognitive function, anaemia, low energy levels and other worrying effects of micronutrient deficiency.