College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Subject Area
Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Research reveals that malnutrition is a severe problem in the nation of Guatemala, as it is the country with the highest rate of malnutrition in Latin America and the Western hemisphere, and the fourth highest rate in the world. The epidemic of malnutrition in Guatemala not only inhibits the development of each child, but also the development of the nation as a whole. The causes and effects of child malnutrition both on the individual and on Guatemalan society will be explored. Infant malnutrition in Guatemala is an injustice which manifests itself severely through the cognitive, physical, and psychosocial shortcomings in development of each Guatemalan child affected, and in turn, creates an immense societal problem for the nation of Guatemala.