‘Krusada’ Investigates Detrimental Effects of Malnutrition on Learning

Malnutrition remains to be one of the major causal factors associated with poor academic performance of school children in the country. According to the Department of Education, about two million students in the country are underweight.

This Thursday (Oct 18) in “Krusada,” broadcast journalist Karen Davila will examine the importance of proper nutrition for school children. Karen said a lot of nutritious foods are affordable and are available in the market; parents only have to learn how to prepare them in a way that would appeal to kids.

“Food is not only for the body but also for the mind. Filipino children should have access to proper nutrition if we want a brighter and more active youth,” she said.

Karen will introduce viewers to 14-year old and first year high school student Arnel Tamayo who, since Grade 1, has gone to school everyday without having breakfast. Undernourishment severely affects the academic performance of Arnel, who said he often feels sleepy and unenthusiastic in class.

Like Arnel, fellow first year students Lenyvie, Jaymar, and Rommel are also underweight and weigh only between 18 and 25 kilos, which is notably lower compared to their classmates.

Because it takes more than words to take a stand, watch “Krusada” this Thursday (Oct 18) after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN or watch it earlier on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Channel 26), 9:15 p.m. For updates on the program, follow @krusadaTV on Twitter or like To watch the last three episodes of “Krusada,” visit

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