Letter to the editor: Say thanks; do more

To the editor:

Many of us feasted during Thanksgiving, eating a nutritious meal, which may have included turkey, potatoes, cranberries, pies and casseroles, while there are families in the world suffering from malnutrition. People shouldn’t feel guilty whenever they consume a meal, but they should be aware of these global issues.

Chronic malnutrition is a rapidly growing issue. It causes substantial stunting in cognitive and physical growth. Every year there are tens of millions of children that won’t reach full potential due to malnutrition. This harms economies, global health and more. Good nutrition saves lives, and it develops better communities.

It’s important to recognize that it’s not only about the calories a child gets after birth. Healthy habits during pregnancy are imperative. The nutrients of a mother during breastfeeding are also just as essential. Micronutrients and vitamins like iodine, iron and vitamin K are necessary.

As a country with so much influence and power, we need to utilize our abilities to aid nutrition efforts. As a Kansan, I am proud that Rep. Roger Marshall introduced H.Res. 189, but his Kansas colleagues need to step up and show support too. That’s why I urge Reps. Ron Estes, Sharice Davids and Steve Watkins to support it.

Mercedeh Tavacoli,



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