A child needs sufficient food and nutrition to develop his body. Food affects health and growth. Insufficient in take of balanced diet can cause different kinds of deficiencies in the body. Malnutrition will affect a child's energy level, makes him prone to disease. Protein deficiency is known to affect academic performance.
The quality of nutrition can affect behaviour and emotional adjustment of the child. Most often in our country the causes of malnutrition are poverty, faulty eating habits , and emotional stress and strain.
The common nutritional deficiencies seen in children are associated with lack of protein, calorie intake, iron in the diet causing mild to high degree of mal-nutrition.
If these deficiencies get prolonged and the child's diet is not improved, then they interfere and have a negative effect on the growth and development process.
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