Researchers at University Medical Centre in Utrecht, who conducted a study of about 8,000 women who were kids or teenagers during the Dutch Famine in 1944 found that under-nutrition, particularly during adolescent years, can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Women who were aged between 10 and 17 years when the famine started had 38 percent more risk when compared to women who did not have to go through the famine. After taking into consideration, factors like smoking, famine and education, the scientist found that women who were exposed to famine had a 27 percent high risk of heart problem when compared to women who were not exposed to the famine.
This study shows that under-nutrition can have a negative impact on the heath of people. Doctors recommend that women must eat at least 2,000 calories a day. However, most young women don’t eat enough food because they want to stay in shape.
Today, many young children are unhappy with the shape of their body because they want to emulate models and actresses. When children don’t eat the right food, their growth can be stunted and they could face health problems in future. Therefore it is important that parent don’t put undue pressure on kids. It is also important that parents talk to children and help them understand the dangers of not eating the right food.