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Starvation diseases seen in poor countries have almost trebled in Britain under the Tories. Malnutrition cases treated by the NHS have risen from 2,893 to 8,537 since 2009. One disease on the rise is kwashiorkor, which causes the swollen ­bellies familiar in reports from famine-stricken countries. A severe form of malnutrition caused by an extreme lack of protein, usually found in developing countries, it is almost always fatal if not treated or if treatment is started too late.