The world produces more than enough food to feed everyone on the planet, but nearly 1 billion people around the world suffer from hunger. Read on how this issue is the greatest risk to health worldwide.
- Poverty is the leading cause of hunger. One in four people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less.
- Natural disasters like floods, tropical storms and droughts wipe out crops and cause super serious food shortages.
- War moves thousands of people from their homes, leaving many without access to food supplies.
- Many developing countries lack the tools and supplies needed to grow and transport their crops.
- Rising temperatures are affecting crops and causing more droughts.
- People can become malnourished even if they eat. This happens when food does not have enough vitamins and minerals.
- A third of people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
- Not enough vitamin A can cause blindness and retardation in children.
- Between 100 and 140 million children is vitamin A deficient.
- Iodine deficiency in mothers during pregnancy can cause stillbirths and mental retardation. Fifty million people have mental impairment caused by a lack of iodine.
Hunger in the U.S.
- Hunger in the U.S. is an issue of food insecurity.
- Food insecurity is when a family does not have enough food because of a lack of money and other resources.
- In the U.S., 35.5 million people live in food insecure households.
- In 2011, 45 million people received food stamps. That is a 70 percent increase from 2007!
- Kids suffering from hunger have higher levels of chronic illness, anxiety and depression than kids with no hunger.
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