Ekpoma - Prof. Osaretin Ebuehi, Head of Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, has linked violent behaviour and insecurity across the country to malnutrition.
Ebuehi made this assertion at the 18th convocation lecture of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo on Thursday.
The lecture was entitled:’ Impact of Malnutrition on National Development”.
Ebuehi, a professor of biochemistry, attributed malnutrition to the cause of anti-social and aggressive behaviour among youths.
According to him, resources allocated to preventing and eliminating diseases will not be effective if the underlying causes of malnutrition and their consequences are not addressed.
He said for any significant national development to be achieved therefore, the government must invest heavily in agriculture.
He also explained that malnutrition was responsible for the death of no fewer than 8000 children below four years annually in Nigeria.
He said since malnutrition leads to impaired mental and physical development of children and "fundamentally constitutes impairment to the social and economic development of developing country like Nigeria.
"Malnutrition has economic ripple effects that can jeopardise national development. Nutrition is a corner stone that affects and defines the health of all people, rich and poor.
"It paves the way for us to grow, develop, work, play, resist infection and aspire to realisation of our fullest potential as individuals and societies. Conversely, malnutrition makes us all more vulnerable to disease and premature death.
Compromising health is tantamount to wreaking havoc on the socio-economic development of any country, including Nigeria,” Ebuehi said.