Debbie Schlussel

Attempts Under Way In Burkina Faso To Improve Child Nutrition

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Our grains are good, but you need to complement them with proteins, fruits and other vitamin-rich foods. She says its not enough to give a young child millet porridge and think they have a balanced diet. Ouaro said that mothers will often say their children are well-fed because they dont feel hungry. But having a full stomach doesnt mean you are well nourished. The World Food Program (WFP) reports that 88 percent of children under the age of five in Burkina Faso suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Micronutrients are things like iron, iodine and zinc. They are important for kids because they help their brains and bodies grow. The Ministry of Health says that while 10 percent of children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition, nearly a quarter are underweight for their age. One reason is poverty. The World Bank says almost half of people in Burkina Faso live below the national poverty line. Foods like fruit and meat can be particularly expensive.
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Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. As a specialty editor of the nutrition and healthy eating guide, Katherine Zeratsky helps you sort through the facts and figures, the fads and the hype to learn more about nutrition and diet. A Marinette, Wis., native, she is certified in dietetics by the state of Minnesota and the American Dietetic Association. She has been with Mayo Clinic since 1999. She’s active in nutrition-related curriculum and course development in wellness nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and nutrition related to weight management and practical applications of nutrition-related lifestyle changes. Other areas of interest include food and nutrition for all life stages, active lifestyles and the culinary arts.
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