All posts by Patricia Thompson

Hunger and Food Security

Hunger is shown on the television as being starvation in far away countries. This is a long term prolonged lack of food generally. But hunger is felt daily and can be more short term, with insufficient food to meet and satisfy nutrient needs and can lead to malnutrition. 

Malnutrition is poor nutritional status that can manifest in different forms.  At one extreme it presents as under-nutrition and at the other end as obesity. Food intake and health status are the immediate causes of malnutrition as seen from the Figure above. Continue reading

A CHILD’S RIGHT TO ADEQUATE FOOD

John looked back on his school days.   Who would have thought he would amount to anything?   Many days he went to school hungry and could only concentrate on the rumble in his belly.  Thank God when break time came.  Miss would always look out for him and give him something even if it were just bulla cake.   At least now he could hear what was being taught. Continue reading

Nutrition challenges & COVID-19: Boost your immune system

Corona virus is among a new breed of modern viruses for which medical science does not as yet have any specific treatment/medications. This is similar to the period 1940s to 1960s when we were plagued with polio, whooping cough, measles, chicken pox and similar epidemics, now under control with vaccinations. Many who lack immune competence will succumb and die and the vulnerable groups are usually the very old and very young.  In young children Continue reading