How can poor nutrition cause diseases

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Because girls and women often get less food—and less nutritious food — than they need, they are more likely to get sick. Here are some common illnesses caused by poor nutrition:

  • Anemia
  • Beriberi
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallstones
  • Diabetes
  • some Cancers
  • Arthritis in the legs and feet
  • Weak bones
  • Constipation
  • Stomach ulcers, acid indigestion, and heartburn
  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
  • Audiopedia ID: en010414