Iran Economy NewsA Tsunami of Malnutrition in Iran

A Tsunami of Malnutrition in Iran

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The huge class gap in Iran is the result of the Iranian regime’s destructive policies. According to Mohammad Saleh Hashemi Golpaygani, the staff secretary of the regime’s ‘Enjoining good and forbidding wrong’ headquarters, more than 4,000 children of the regime’s officials are living abroad.

The regime’s plan centers on expanding the lives of their relatives into a luxury life conglomerate, comprising not only clothes and planes, but cars, yachts, helicopters, furniture, and real estate. At the same time, the majority of people in Iranian society are struggling for their daily bread, with many of them only being able to afford one meal portion a day. As a result, the luxurious life of the relatives of the regime’s officials is increasing the peoples’ hatred.

One of the main consequences of the increasing class gap is severe malnutrition. One of the ‘blessings’ of this “holy system” is the starvation of the people, who cannot afford to buy even basic food staples, what the regime’s state-run media have now referred to as “luxury food”.

On August 7, the state-run daily Gostaresh News, wrote about these ‘luxury foods’, stating, “One of the main consequences of heavy inflation has affected the nutritional basket of the people. Not only red and white meat but also rice, eggs, fruits, and vegetables, have gradually become luxury items in families’ shopping baskets.”

This daily added, “Point-to-point inflation of edibles reached 86 percent in July; This means that in July 2022, families have to spend 86 percent more than in July 2021 to buy a certain set of food products.”

According to the statistics presented by the regime’s media, with the increase in the price of meat, the meat consumption of the tenth decile of the society is 27 times more than the first decile. This subject has changed the eating habits of most people.

The change in eating habits in Iran is greatly endangering the children, so it is likely that the coming generation will also suffer from malnutrition. The bread consumption in Iran is currently 2 to 3 times more than other countries in the region as that is all many families can afford. That means that people are having to forego calories, along with protein and vitamins needed by the body. Even providing bread is a big challenge for most people, so they are forced to buy it at higher prices, according to the state-run daily Radar Eghtesad.

In July 27, the state-run Shargh daily reported the warnings of the regime’s ministry of health, writing, “Food inflation in Iran has become alarming and the statistical center has estimated the spot inflation rate of food in July to be over 90 percent. Heavy inflation in the food market has followed the warning of the Ministry of Health in Iran and has reported a doubling of malnutrition in some deprived provinces such as Sistan-Baluchistan, Kerman, Hormozgan, and South Khorasan.”

They added, “According to the activists of the food market, this incident has caused a sharp fall in the per capita consumption of the main food items in Iran, and on the other hand, it has led to an increase in the consumption of bread. Apart from this, food items have been removed one by one from the shelves of Iranian supermarkets and replaced by items such as packaged bones, chicken skeletons, and rice scraps.”

The lack of calcium, protein, and nutrients in children manifests itself in the form of osteoporosis, short stature, and other diseases. One of the regime’s nutritionists and diet therapists said, “During growth, especially in children under five and in children at puberty, the first deficiency is protein malnutrition, which causes a delay or decrease in growth, and this decrease in growth will have side effects, especially in later generations. Since growth, especially height growth, is related to the development of societies, the reduction of growth causes disturbance in the development of society.”

Literally, malnutrition has become a deadly tsunami that has engulfed Iran’s nation, especially among the youth and young children.

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