UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD HUNGER CRISIS
In 2009, over 1 billion people did not have enough to eat–more than the populations of the United States, Canada, and the European Union combined. That means 1 in 6 people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life.
Source: World Food Programme, 2010.
25,000 adults and children will die every day from hunger and related causes.
Source: FAO, 2009, Poverty.com
Out of the 1.02 billion who are hungry, more than 907 million of them live in developing countries.
Source: World Food Programme, 2009
What is the difference between
hunger, malnutrition and starvation?
HUNGER: A compelling need or desire for food. The painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food.
MALNUTRITION: lack of adequate nutrition resulting from insufficient food, unbalanced diet, or defective assimilation.
STARVATION: to die or perish from lack of food or nourishment. To be in the process of perishing or suffering severely from hunger.
A healthy brain uses approximately 20% of your body’s energy. The source of that energy is food.
A malnourished brain faces many challenges: depression, lack of concentration, working memory, visual construction and comprehension. As excessive weight loss occurs the size of the brain also decreases.
The liver and kidneys filter out toxins and waste. The stomach, small and large intestines breakdown and absorb nutrients for growth and maintenance.
Toxins build us as organs fail and a weakened immune system results.
A healthy heart pumps a steady supply of blood through the body.
The heart literally shrinks from lack of nutrients and has to work extra hard to pump the blood it does have.
HEALTHY SKIN & BONES
Healthy bones get bigger and stronger as we grow. Healthy skin is like armor for our bodies, providing a source of protection against infection.
MALNOURISHED SKIN & SKIN BONES
Skin cracks, letting infection in. It becomes pale and dry, and bruises easily. Bones stop growing resulting in stunted growth and joints ache.
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