Balanced food intake are important for human body to have proper energy, growth and protection from diseases. Breakfast is very important for children cognitive performance in school. Parents proper knowledge on what they will offer to their children at breakfast, lunch and dinner are critical and contribute to their development and performance.
Carbohydrates serve several key functions in human body. They provide energy for daily tasks and are the primary fuel source human brain’s high energy demands. Fiber is a special type of carb that helps promote good digestive health and may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Human body uses protein to build and repair tissues. Human body also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood
Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C. Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.
People who eat fruit and vegetables as part of their daily diet have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases.
Fruit plays a key part in keeping every person fit and healthy.
NUTRITION PROGRAM – VERY IMPORTANT FOR BANGLADESH
Bangladesh has 160 million people, and no one can ignore the importance of proper and rightful nutritional development of these people. Eating the mix of the above named food are very important, and only possible if the parents have right knowledge and understanding.
The country has reduced the poverty rate to 21% in 2017-2018 which was 40% in 2005. This has happened due to the Government’s success in the economic sector. The GDP growth rate in Bangladesh averaged 5.69 percent from 1994 until 2016, reaching all time high 7.11 percent in 2016 and a record low of 4.08 percent in 1994. According to the World Bank statistics, the Bangladesh GDP was $102 billion in 2009. Last year it was at $274 billion.
The above record shows impressive and there are potentialities of keeping the growth going. Despite all the success, Bangladesh is struggling addressing the most important and critical areas, that is nutritional status. The most danger is that most of the parents lack knowledge on child care and development, the damage of children if they are malnourished. This is the areas all have to work together to combating the situation. Early childhood refers to crucial years of care and development. The first eight years of a child’s life are defined by changes, both physical and mental. The first three years are however most significant.
Poor nutrition has serious detrimental impacts on children health, development, and well-being of infants and young children in the short and long terms.
It is parent knowledge and understanding, due to high rate of illiteracy and lack of proper nutritional knowledge available to mass, Bangladesh swallows the damage. We have to do some kind of crash program to overcome the issue.
There are foods easily reachable by all economic groups in the society can help the children to grow with proper nutrition, such as food to have energy, growth and fight against diseases.
The unfortunate matter is it is lack of proper knowledge and understanding by the families, as a result they failed to buy foods can help the families healthy.
Therefore SOHAY believes right nutrition program is able to change the below statistics in short possible time,
- More than half of Bangladesh population suffers from malnutrition.
- Anemia affects 52% of children under age 5
- 41% under age 5 children are stunted
- 16% under age 5 children are wasted
- 36% under age 5 children are underweight
- A quarter of Bangladesh women are underweight and around 15% have short stature, which increases the risk of difficult childbirth and low birth-weight infant.
- Half of the women suffer from anemia, mostly nutritional in origin.
- It is estimated that malnutrition is estimated to cost Bangladesh more than US$ 1 bn every year in lost productivity.