Malnutrition (badly or poorly nourished) has two main causes:
- Poorly fed and undernourished
- Overly fed AND undernourished
The challenge? How can we somehow make the two serve each other? NBC News recently reported how the average weight of men in the U.S increased from 166 lbs. to 195 lbs. since 1960. For women, the increase in the same period was from 140 lbs. to 165 lbs. Waistline measurements for men increased almost 5″, from 35″ to almost 40″ during that period, while for women, they increased 7″, from 30″ to 37″ The report recommended that the 1960′s waistline sizes would be the ideal.
Needless to say, this is a subject that carries considerable emotional weight. But it can be approached devoid of judgmentalism. Instead of feeling uncomfortable about our appearance, why not see it as an asset? With the low cost of the de-worming tablet (1.55 cents), thousands and even tens of thousands of children could be given a new lease on life with a few dietary changes on our part.
Here is a plan that might help:
- Review what caused the weight build-up
- Curtail or restrict some of its use in the future (sodas, chips, donuts, fries, etc)
- Make food choices recommended by nutritionists
- Form a workable strategy that slowly and deliberately achieves a desired goal
Aiding this strategy would be a “Light Fast,” whereby one makes a commitment to eat more simply and responsibly for the sake of the hungry (less of the more costly refined food, substituting instead more legumes, grains, veggies, etc.). CLICK TO DOWNLOAD A RECIPE. Legitimate fasting is done without fanfare. For that reason it is best to do it mostly at home. And even at home it should not be forced on family members unless all are in agreement.
With just $2.00 a week in savings,1,000 children could enjoy a better life. This “sacrificing” could be a symbolic act that would give extra incentive to carry through on the commitment. The $2.00 a week would enable one treatment every six months for three years. Total cost for each six treatments over three years: 10 cents.
Such a decision would greatly increase the food available to the chronically malnourished. It would also reduce the donor’s risk of contracting diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some cancers.
The “payback” is a greater sense of well being, both emotionally and physically. Even God gets into the act, “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done (Proverbs 19:17). We do a favor to ourselves by serving others.