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Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by child malnutrition. UNICEF estimated in 2012 that 2, 200, 000 children under 16 lived below the poverty line, 2, 306.00 in 2013. Of that 27% of the child population in Spain we went to 31, 9% in 2014. It is not, Therefore, a favorable situation. According to this World Nutrition Report, on the other side we find 42 million overweight children. According to the 2013 Aladino Study, published by the Ministry of Health, 24.6% of children between the ages of 7 and 8 suffer from childhood obesity .

Food is the great unfinished business. And not only for economic reasons. Poor nutrition among children under 5 to 10 years old is more common than we would like. In Catalonia alone, in 2011 there were 50, 000 children under 16 years of age, 4% of the total, who received a poor diet without the diversity of nutrients necessary for their proper development.

Feeding the future with the present

Fortunately, there are social initiatives, such as SOS Children's Villages, which provide opportunities with 20 centers in Spain and others throughout the world. To this must be added the 293 scholarships for school canteens approved in the last year and the services of confederations such as Cáritas.

These initiatives include the social work of El Caserío, which has been turned over and associated with SOS Children's Villages, to bring food to thousands of children with poor or unhealthy diets. The Caserío is a company known to everyone, with 85 years of travel, and is perhaps one of the brands most associated with childhood: who has not tried their cheeses?

Under the motto «Feed your future», El Caserío has recently announced that it will make a donation of 100, 000 euros to SOS Children's Villages to help in the construction of a day center for minors. The president of the NGO, Pedro Puig, signed the agreement signed on April 14, which stated "in these cases we offer support to all members, who are going through difficult and difficult situations, because we believe that the best for the child is live with your own family ».

This center will welcome children and young people between 6 and 18 years old, making an effort because up to 100 children receive daily school support, trying to prevent failure and absenteeism, enabling a computer classroom, encouraging reading, or scheduling excursions and cultural outings . And this program also extends to families. In fact, it is intended to work with the affected families to improve their coexistence, care for the children, prevent the rupture of the family nucleus and, in short, overcome the situation.

This initiative is not simply here: in the new packs of El Caserío you will see information about this project and for the product purchase you will be helping in this action . As we said, Day Centers are a step forward in supporting children and young people.

In addition, this training is designed beyond simple nutrition: hygiene, preventive health and affective education ; from the center, knowledge about social and emotional formation will be imparted, adding leisure activities, outdoor sports and school for parents, a key element in this equation. Because we are what we eat, but also what we feel.

What happens in our brain when it is not fed correctly

The consequences of poor nutrition can condition the future of an entire generation: diabetes, coronary problems, growth, even in learning . Good development is a key engine for progress, the key that determines who we will be in the future. As pointed out by Francisco Grande Covián, founding doctor and first president of the Spanish Nutrition Society in 'Infant feeding', a book by Manuel Hernández Rodríguez: «nutrition plays a fundamental role in the treatment of many common diseases in children's age».

Poor nutrition is usually the global thermometer of a country

As pointed out by the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, coined by members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), a deficient diet is usually the global thermometer, the summary of economic and social crises, low agricultural productivity or war conflicts. In addition, malnutrition is more harmful in earlier stages of life.

As some specialists point out, when a brain does not receive the nutrients it needs, some regions of it begin to atrophy; inadequate prolonged feeding during the critical period of brain growth - from 2 to 3 years, culminating at around 5 years - can cause atrophy in neuronal development, deficiencies in visual and learning development, attention problems, hyperactivity, motor difficulties and, later, failures in higher mental processes, such as abstract reasoning, synthesis and analysis.

The pediatrician and endocrine researcher Cristina Azcona was already pointing out in this interview, "low grades in the school have been related to different jobs in which the child does not eat breakfast properly. The brain needs glucose to perform, hence the need for carbohydrates . If the child suffers from hypoglycemia, the brain can end up damaging ».

The low school grades have been related to the child not having breakfast properly

And that is what we do not see at first glance. According to FAO reports, "it is estimated that in 2013 there were 161 million children under 5 affected by stunting - low height for age - and 51 million due to wasting - low weight for height. More than 2 billion people are affected by micronutrient deficiencies, due to insufficient vitamins or minerals.

What kind of society do we want to build

It is obvious that the future is not only the responsibility of the parents. It is an educational process, from textbooks to daily habit at home . Government powers must seek stability and social avenues for a more prosperous state, guaranteeing future generations better nourished. And food is education. The countries with the highest unemployment rates and the greatest economic gaps are also those that face the greatest problems in moving their children forward.

This gap not only puts the present at risk, but also the future, as well as fosters inequalities that lead to discontent, class clashes and instability. If, from the same breastfeeding period, a commitment and improvements in nutrition are sought for both the mother and the family, we can approach a more stable society .

Healthy eating - and not simply feeding - is directly related to our progress as human beings. And the world grows without stopping. Hence, joining forces, getting involved and collaborating is the only valid way to reverse this global situation. Future generations will appreciate it.

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