:: Lollipop :: February 20, 2007Posted by Minci 先生 in Medical School, Ponderings.
Human beings has this system of providing nutrients to important organs in the body when deprived of adequate nutritions. The most important of all is the BRAIN. Therefore, if one suffers from prolonged malnutrition, they would present with a lollipop appearance.
Malnutrition is a general term for the medical condition caused by an improper or insufficient diet. It most often refers to undernutrition resulting from inadequate consumption, poor absorption, or excessive loss of nutrients, but the term can also encompass overnutrition, resulting from overeating or excessive intake of specific nutrients. An individual will experience malnutrition if the appropriate amount, kind or quality of nutrients comprising a healthy diet are not consumed for an extended period of time. An extended period of malnutrition can result in starvation.
Malnutrition as the lack of sufficient nutrients to maintain healthy bodily functions is typically associated with extreme poverty in economically developing countries. It is a common cause of reduced intelligence in parts of the world affected by famine such as Ethiopia.  Malnutrition as the result of inappropriate dieting, overeating or the absence of a “balanced diet” is often observed in economically developed countries (eg. as indicated by increasing levels of obesity).
The orange ribbon is an awareness ribbon for malnutrition. However, it also represents a variety of other causes such as Self Injury Awareness, anti-racism, leaukemia and World Harmony Day.
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