A form of malnutrition
; kwashiorkor is a condition resulting from inadequate protein
intake. This is typically a disease of impoverished countries
often seen in the midst of drought
or political turmoil
It is also prevalent in parts of the world where the diet consists mainly of starchy vegetables
, particularly Africa
and South America
, and South Asia
. Such a diet is often deficient in certain amino acids
, which make up proteins
vital for growth.
Depending on the severity and duration of the condition, symptoms can include skin changes, edema, a severely bloated abdomen, diarrhea, and (in children) generally retarded development.
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