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So what is malnutrition anyways?

Malnutrition and starvation: what's the difference?

Malnutrition is when you don't get enough nutrients. It makes your body more susceptible to disease. The effects build over a long period of time.

Starvation is the extreme, rapid result of severe hunger. If not stopped, it ends in permanent damange or death.

Hold hunger in your hands - a malnutrition activity

Fill two bags with sand - 15 pounds in the first bag and 30 pounds in the second. The smaller bag represents a malnourished 3-year-old, while the larger bag represents a healthy 3-year-old.

Take turns picking up each bag and experience the difference. Keep the bags in your classroom, on display or around your event to help give people a perspective on hunger.