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Poor Nutrition in the Developing World

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According to a World Bank report, children need to eat enough good food, as well as the right kind of food. If children don't get enough vitamins and minerals, then they have long-term problems. At two years of age, for example, the children are underweight and underdeveloped. They get sick from disease more easily, and they also suffer from health problems later in life. They often have lower intelligence levels too. As a result, these children are more likely to drop out of school. They then earn less money as adults.

The news is very worrisome because as many as 30% of African children are hungry in areas with drought. India, Southeast Asia, and parts of South America also have similar problems.

Fighting hunger and poor nutrition requires about 3% of a developed country's annual GDP. Unfortunately, many developing countries and international aid organizations aren't taking effective action.

The World Bank says it should set up education programs in health and nutrition for mothers with young babies. It also recommends cleaner living conditions and better health care.

Preview some of the lesson material:

Title: Today's article is: "Poor Nutrition in the Developing World." What will you read about?

Fill in the Blank: Fill in the blank with the correct word.

  1. Children get sick from (                         ) more easily.
  2. They also (                         ) from health problems later in life.
  3. They then (                         ) less money as adults.
  4. Parts of South America also have (                         ) problems.
  5. Fighting poor nutrition (                         ) about 3% of a country's annual GDP.
  6. Many international aid organizations aren't taking (                         ) action.

post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!

  1. Do you ever think about the poor and the hungry of the world?
  2. Do you ever think about the poor and the hungry of your country?
  3. Would you ever/Have you ever volunteered your time or services to help the poor?
  4. Would you ever/Have you ever donated money to help the world’s poor?
  5. Could a problem like this happen in your country?

Google Search: Type "malnutrition" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.

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