Children who skip food: what are the consequences they can suffer

A national survey prepared by the Centro de Almaceneros de Córdoba reflects on the hardness and impact of inflation on the Argentinean table, at a point that in recent months has seriously compromised the human right to eat.

The report presents a review of the last years on this topic and points out that between 2014 and 2015 I launched a second and third marks; between 2016 and 2017, protein foods were replaced by carbohydrates; and since 2021, up to date, a more disarming reality has taken place: the reduction of daily intakes, mainly in the segment of minors.

The study details, in addition, that the uncontrolled increase of the prices generated that increasingly smaller ones are being harmed, mainly those located in the sectors with family income of up to $ 120,000. But it’s not all. In addition to the fact that the quantity of intakes has drastically decreased, the nutritional quality of the same has also been deteriorated, with diets that include lack of quantity and quality of meat, vegetables or dairy products, and an abundance of products such as rice, fideos or polenta.

What impact can this situation have on the future? To answer this question, CORDOBA PROFILE convened specialists from different fields, who analyzed this serious situation in the present and anticipated that the consequences could be noticed in the short and median plazo.

Doctor Héctor Pedicino, director of the Cuyo Region Center of the Argentine Society of Pediatrics, considered that the impact is multidimensional. “The nutritional aspect is the basis of life. If you have all the nutrients you can develop your full potential. Salting foods implies that the child may be at risk of other pathologies, such as malnutrition and diseases that van de la mano, among them infectious or immunological diseases. If a child is not nourished during the first few years of life, his intellectual potential is seriously at risk. The nutrition in the first years is the psychosocial support in which the child will be supported”, he indicated. And he added: “In eating, you will have an impact on your weight, your weight and the possibility of developing illnesses. Also in the development of his psychological, affective and intellectual abilities. There is a lot of empirical evidence and an infinity of studies on the subject, which relate to low school risk associated with nutritional deficiencies”.

In the same line, Gerardo Gasparutti, director of the Degree in Nutrition at the Universidad Siglo 21, expressed himself, who assured that it is very worrying that a child cannot complete his daily intake schedule and that it is having an impact on his future. . “The first famous thousand days, which are the first three years of the baby, are crucial for this child to achieve the best development in the course of his life. It’s something that eats in the mother’s panza and it’s essential that the baby eats correctly at this stage”, he remarked.

Low nutritional quality. Gasparutti explained that in the present day there are many studies on family economics that come from the hand with the Almaceneros report, which are very worrying. “Due to the economic situation, more and more children are consuming foods of low nutritional quality when what they need is an adequate supply of proteins, vitamins and minerals, among which include huevo, milk and meat; o products rich in vitamins such as vegetables, fruits and vegetables. In these families, if there is very little money available for food, they certainly buy it cheaper than refined sugars, fats and harinas, and they provide a calorie intake but in low quality. This child is not consuming the micro and macro nutrients that he needs. It could be that a boy has the appearance of a healthy child (even a little overweight) but if he practices a blood analysis, he will surely show a lot of values ​​under it”.

Regarding the impact of this nutritional deficit, the professional explained that “these results are translated into a population with excess weight, but with a vitamin, mineral and micronutrient deficit, which can trigger a lot of diseases such as osteoporosis, problems with normal cognitive development and cardiovascular diseases, among others”.

Gasparutti also called for offering “nutritional education” in these times of crisis as a way of reducing the impact of economic ups and downs. “With a plata persona can eat better, but lack of food education, which is essential. There are carbohydrates that come from cereals or vegetables that are of a nutritious quality superior to many foods and that are often not consumed by a nutritional food education. There is a lack of public policies and work in teaching areas to be able to educate that I have a lot as little as I can eat better”, says the specialist in nutrition.

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“We are creating chicos a los que les cuesta mirar a los ojos”

Georgina Tavella, head of the Secretary of Children, Adolescence and Family of the Province of Córdoba (SENAF), lives permanently with family situations full of cruelty and privations, because of the report prepared by the Centro de Almaceneros in which no one results novelty She does not hide the pain that this situation generates in her concern for the consequences that may have the lack of food in the future of the minors. “It’s something terrible that los chicos get eaten. The consequences are ven in the development of children and children”, she expressed.

The Senaf holder considered that when analyzing the report, it is necessary to consider that poverty in food is not a unique situation, but in the hands of this scourge other situations appear. “When food is lacking, other rights are also vulnerable, such as health and psyche construction. We are coming ‘broken’ boys. Boys to those who les cuesta look to the eyes, with lack of stimulation. Chicos en los que los growth indicators do not match their own age. Children and children lack emotional nourishment, because ultimately food also brings happiness, which is reflected in the children’s face”, she described.

Tavella commented that in the secretariat they had to see the extremes of vulneraciones de rights and recognized that in the last time it is more difficult to find shelters. “Before, it was easier to find environments where to reinsert to these children what generates that they have to live in devices of our secretariat for a long time”.

“What childhood are we building? We are building insecure childhoods, from an internal insecurity. They are childhoods that can be more violent, but they are the full responsibility of the adults. It is going to be a much more difficult society to reverse. There are more fights between people asking for food, fights between priests, and we also see much more bitter adults. Adults who didn’t ask for it before, people who didn’t have to go with the tupper to the barrio eater and this is transmitted to children. The construction of the psyche and childhood is increasingly difficult and we must make this problem visible”, Cerró Tavella.

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