By Anonymous - United Kingdom - London
Today, I got roped into a volunteering thing at the last minute. I was waiting outside with all these kids who looked hungry. Feeling bad, I passed around crisps and cookies. Turns out we were at a convention to promote healthy eating in malnourished children. FML
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  burristhethird  |  16

My question is, if kids are malnourished, they probably can't afford food. How are they going to pay for food that is more "healthy" when it is more expensive than junk food?


32: Malnourished doesn't always mean poor children. There are many people in the US who are malnourished just because they don't take in the right amount of vitamins or nutrients.

By  SuperMew  |  22

1. Make sure you know what you are volunteering for.

2. I am sure starving kids were excited to get some sweets. I know they should be healthy, but sometimes you have to give in and enjoy some sweet things.

By  gracehi  |  31

If the children are malnourished, wouldn't giving them high calorie food be a good thing? Because, you know, calories aren't bad, it's just that too many is bad, and if you're malnourished, it's because you're not getting enough calories.

  kirasen  |  27

I think you might be mixing malnourishment and undernourishment up. They are not necessarily the same thing; malnourishment mostly means improper diet.


Malnourishment is the lack of a satisfactory amount of vitamins/minerals/nutrient. You can be morbidly obese, but I you're only eating junk or take away you're not going to be meeting the requirements for nutrients and things, and thus be considered "malnourished".