On one end of the spectrum, we have obesity, on the other we have starvation. Malnutrition
Analyze the State of the World Atlas. Page 96 in the 8th edition 1. List 5 nations in which 40% or more of the population is undernourished. 2. Why is Vitamin A so essential? How about iodine? 3. List 5 nations that rely on food donations. 4. Why can’t some nations feed their people?
FACTS 852 million people do not have enough to eat everyday- more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union. Hunger & malnutrition are the number one risk to global health killing more people than AIDS, malaria & TB combined Every five seconds a child dies because she or he is hungry Hunger is inherited. Each year, 17 million children are born underweight because their mothers are malnourished
FACTS PART 2 For 19 cents you can feed a hungry child in school for a day Source: WFP School Feeding Global Report, 2003 Child death rates are eight times higher in Africa than Europe. Malnutrition is the main cause 10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths Six million children under five die every year from malnutrition and hunger-related diseases. There are 6.2 million under fives in France and Italy
How does malnutrition affect a child? An estimated 167 million children under five years of age in the world are underweight - the result of acute or chronic hunger. This means that 20 percent of all hungry people are children aged less than five. Chronic hunger also delays or stops the physical and mental growth of children. Poor or insufficient nutrition over time means some 226 million children are too small for their age. Most tragically, diseases such as measles or dysentery can kill undernourished children more easily.
Continued…. According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations), every year that hunger continues at present levels costs five million children their lives. Today, one in nearly seven people do 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. Millions of people live on significantly less than the recommended 2,100 calories that the average person needs to lead a healthy life.
How can we share food resources? It is hard to understand how we can live in a world in which some people eat too much while others are allowed to starve. What could be some possible solutions?