is very frequent among immigrants all over the world. isa condition that results from eating unbalanced diet. The food mayeither have less or many nutrients such as proteins, calories,carbohydrates, minerals, or vitamins. On the other hand, undernutrition, also known as undernourishment is the condition of eatingfood that does not have enough nutrients, while overnutrition is thecondition of eating food with too much nutrition (Leeand Huang, 2001). has negative effects such as short height, swollen legsand abdomen, poor energy levels, and thin body. Unfortunately, thiscondition greatly affects immigrant people. These are citizens of onecountry, but they live in other countries due to different reasons.This essay addresses the issue of malnutrition with the immigrantclients. In addition, it gives some strategies used to incorporateclients’ cultural preferences within the nutritional plan.
Accordingto Edelman,Mandle, and Kudzma (2013),the rate of malnutrition is high among immigrant living insub-Saharan Africa. According to statistics, twenty-five percents ofAfrican immigrants are underweight due to poor diet. degree depends on factors such as duration and severity of nutrientsdeprivation. Commonly, immigrants face food insecurity aftersettlement hence, they are forced to consume poor quality foods thatare cheap. Although these foods are rich in calories, they often lackmicronutrients and proteins.
Toaddress the issue of malnutrition, cultural preferences should beincluded in the nutritional plan. Smith and Haddad(1999)urge that cultural sensitivity is a significant factor inmalnutrition medical treatment. Therefore, when dealing with amalnourished client, language-assistance services should be offeredat no cost. Additionally, the care provider should take a medicalhistory of the patients putting into consideration the culturalvalues. He or she should explain to the patients the definition ofthe condition, effects, causes, and any other relevant information.Besides, the caregiver should inquire about any traditional treatmentpreviously practiced. This help to give the way forward on how todeal with the issue.
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