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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.25

     challenging words:    suffering, absorption, anemia, celiac, cystic, fibrosis, folic, gluten, intolerant, iodine, lactose, low-birth, malnourishment, poverty-stricken, prognosis, thyroid
     content words:    Nutritional Rickets, Third World, United States

Other Languages
     Spanish: Desnutrición

By Jennifer Kenny

1     Caption: This child is suffering from malnutrition and shows symptoms of the disease nutritional rickets. He has bowed legs and an enlarged right wrist. Nutritional rickets is a condition in which children's bones are too soft and do not develop properly due to a deficiency of vitamin D.
2     Augustine lived in a third-world country. He rarely had enough to eat. The drought in his nation made regular meals impossible. Augustine suffered from malnutrition.
3     Teresa was lactose intolerant. She avoided milk and dairy products because they made her feel ill. She wasn't taking enough calcium into her body. As a result, she suffered from malnutrition.
4     Philip was a young accountant. He ate plenty of junk food but not much that was good for his body. As a result, Philip was suffering from malnutrition.
5     How can three such different people suffer from malnutrition? Malnutrition is a health condition in which the individual is not getting adequate nutrients. The condition can occur because the person's diet is lacking a particular vitamin or because the person is not getting enough food. Malnutrition can be caused by a lack of food, an unbalanced diet, trouble with digestion or absorption of food, or another health condition.

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