World hunger By makaylinmccullar
What is hunger? Hunger is when you don’t eat and start feeling empty. Once you eat you’ll feel better . But some people are constantly hungry . This is because of the hunger problem.
In purely quantitative terms, there is enough food available to feed the entire global population of 6.7 billion people. And yet, one in nearly seven people is going hungry. One in three children is underweight. Why does hunger exist? Natural disasters such as floods, tropical storms and long periods of drought are on the increase -- with calamitous consequences for food security in poor, developing countries.
Today, almost one person in six does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide -- greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
What is malnutrition? • When a person is not getting enough food or not getting the right sort of food, malnutrition is just around the corner. Disease is often a factor, either as a result or contributing cause. Even if people get enough to eat, they will become malnourished if the food they eat does not provide the proper amounts of micronutrients - vitamins and minerals - to meet daily nutritional requirements.
Malnutrition at an early age leads to reduced physical and mental development during childhood. Stunting, for example, affects more than 147 million pre-schoolers in developing countries, according to SCN's World Nutrition Situation 5th report. Iodine deficiency, the same report shows, is the world's greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage.
Why are people hungry? People don’t have enough money so they cant buy the stuff they need. Some people only have $1.25 to buy food, water, and clothing. People are also hungry because there food, water and other resources are very low
Where are people hungry? • 578 million in Asia and the Pacific239 million in Sub-Saharan Africa 53 million in Latin America and the Caribbean 37 million in the Near East and North Africa • 19 million in developed countries