Frightening Facts About Hunger

  1. 13.1% of the world’s population is hungry. That’s roughly 925 million people who go undernourished on a daily basis.
  2. The world produces enough food to feed all 7 billion people who live in it.
  3. The difference between hunger and malnutrition is that malnutrition means the body does not have the necessary vitamins and nutrients necessary to grow or fight off disease.
  4. In 2010, an estimated 7.6 million children — more than 20,000 a day — died from hunger.
  5. Hunger is often passed from mother to child. Each year, 17 million children are born underweight because their mothers are malnourished.
  6. 40 percent of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans.
  7. It costs just US $0.25 per day to provide a child with all of the vitamins and nutrients he or she needs to grow up healthy. (Source: WFP, 2011).
  8. Hunger is the world’s number 1 health risk; it kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
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