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  • (n) severe malnutrition in children resulting from a diet excessively high in carbohydrates and low in protein


  1. Nearly all the children suffered from the dread protein-deficiency disease called kwashiorkor, which shriveled limbs, swelled bellies and fouled the blood.
  2. As a three-year-old, I suffered from kwashiorkor, a severe protein deficiency; this was not helped by eating the weevils in the rice, which we left in for their protein value.
  3. Starvation is still a major concern, and 200 children are dying each week of malnutrition or the protein deficiency called kwashiorkor that killed thousands during the war.

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