Letter to the editor: Nourishment

To the editor:

Growing up a Jayhawk fan and as a current University of Kansas student, I know the importance of KU sports for the overall community. It wasn’t hard to notice the Jayhawk memorabilia throughout offices of our KS delegates in DC. For a few moments, this made me think how sports were and still are an integral part of my hobbies. However, all children can’t play sports because of their inherent conditions.

Chronic malnutrition is currently a global issue, which causes stunting in cognitive and physical growth. This means a child can be born with 15 fewer IQ points and develop physical afflictions as well. Every year there are 165 million children that won’t reach their full potential due to malnutrition. That means fewer teachers, athletes, technicians, doctors, musicians, etc., worldwide.

It’s not only about the calories a child gets after birth. The nutrients of a mother during pregnancy are just as essential. Micronutrients and vitamins such as iodine, iron and vitamin A are necessary for the developing fetus, and lactation is affected by nutrient intake as well.

Global hunger has been rising for three years, and still less than 1% of all developmental aid is toward global nutrition efforts.

Children deserve to dream. Whether they want to become athletes, pursue an education or dream even bigger, every child deserves that opportunity. The ramifications of malnourishment are permanent, but they are avoidable.

That’s why I urge Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and Rep. Steve Watkins to co-sponsor the bipartisan global nutrition resolution.

Mercedeh Tavacoli,

Lawrence

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