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Journal ofNutrition 132 (4 Supplement): 802S–805S. https://cip.cornell.edu.1/20/2018 Tofix this problem, Bangladesh needs to identify the main problems for there to beany effective, long-term solutions.
One problem we know for sure is the high levelof poverty that is prevalent. Bangladesh also needs to communicate with whattheir issues are so the “higher ups” so efficient and sustainable methods ofsolving the problem can be put into action.Youmay be thinking, if this is such a huge problem someone must have at leastattempted to try and fix it, right? Correct. Since the famine in 1974, theyhave displayed that they are wanting to improve the everyday lives of theirpopulation by showing growth in self-sufficiency (IFPRI, 2005).
While progressis always good, over 40% of the population still cannot afford a completenutritional diet with all the vitamins and nutrients necessary to healthygrowth, and even one-fifth of the population is considered extremely poor andit has direct affects in the children with 50% of the children growing up to bepoor adults or a premature death (IFPRI, 2005).Therewas another study done (Kimmons, Dewey, et al., 2004) on if improving theintake of micronutrients in infants in Bangladesh is possible. What they foundout was that the women of these infants know that they are under nourishingtheir children, but they simply can’t afford all the fruits, vegetables, fish,and meat. The study concluded that it is possible to temporarily change thehabits of the mothers to adequately feed their children, but it is uncertainwhether those habits would be able to be sustained.Accordingto research, it is possible to significantly reduce the amount of irondeficiency cases worldwide. Well, if that’s the case, then why haven’t we seen anyprogress? Yip, a big player in finding out why iron deficiency is a hugeproblem, it could be because of a “lack of communication” between research anddevelopment departments and policy makers about the significance of the irondeficiency problem (Yip 2002).
Yip also states that another source could bethat while they have the strategies to cope with iron deficiency cases onpaper, applying it to different situations and different environments in thereal world hasn’t been as thought out. But in order to fix this specificproblem, the people of Bangladesh need to figure out specifics and relay thatinformation in order to have an effective and permanent solution.Redblood cells make up almost half of a person’s blood, and as I stated earlier,iron is a huge component.
Several factors need to happen for it to be called adeficiency such as blood loss, parasitic diseases like hookworm which feeds offthe energy of the dietary energy of the host, high nutritional demand and lowintake, and other diseases like malaria or diarrhea. High nutritional demand isa huge symptom in pregnant women and early childhood and it is key to acquireall the necessary nutrients for healthy growth for the baby and the youngchildren. And with the diet of the people of Bangladesh being nearly 80% rice,lentils, and vegetables, they are missing key vitamins and minerals. Due tothese developing countries not being able to afford the high prices of meats andfish that have the necessary proteins and nutrients, they don’t consume enoughif any at all.
Evenif you aren’t well versed in human anatomy, knowing that iron is a hugecomponent in blood is common knowledge. Developing countries like Bangladeshare plagued by anemia because of their poor diets, mainly being polished rice.The main parts that make up red blood cells are iron, folic acid, and vitaminB12. And because these countries such as Bangladesh don’t have the access tomicronutrient rich diets and iron rich diets, close to half of all childrenunder the age of 5, and women who are and can be pregnant are the ones mostaffected. Themost common micronutrient deficiency in the world and especially developingcountries is iron deficiency. With it being the most common, it affects astaggering 2 billion people and counting.
This problem is extremely prevalentin Bangladesh where it has a stranglehold on nearly half of all the childrenand nearly three quarters of all women. This micronutrient deficiency is due tothe fact that poverty is highly prevalent, lack of communication between“higher ups”, and diets are low in iron and high in antinutrients.NutritionCase Study Report1/26/2018AGRON 342Dr. Clark FordCollin Claeys