Kwashiorkor is a common disease in young children from the age of 1-5 years. This disease is mainly caused by a deficiency of protein in the intake. The main cause of the disease is a minimal period between pregnancies in rural areas. There is certainly weakness in this condition but it is not evident looking at the body of the child. The only thing that is evident, apart from the swelling, is broken skin of the children.
Marasmus is a disease that is more common in the urban areas or towns. The main cause of this condition is the discontinuation of breastfeeding in young children at an early age. The disease is occurred in children under the age of one year and one of the causes is the deficiency of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the body of the child. The physical condition of the child s largely affected and the skins are bones can be seen.