10 Things Everyone Should Know About Hunger

1. At present, there are 925 million people in the world who do not eat enough to be healthy. That means, one in every seven people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night. (Source: FAO News Release, 2010)
2. Rising food prices pushed an additional 44 million people into hunger between June 2010 and February 2011 when they soared to their highest level ever. (Source: World Bank Food Price Watch, 2011)

3. While the number of hungry people has risen, as a percentage of the world population, hunger has actually fallen from 33 per cent of the population in 1969 to just over 15 per cent of the population in 2010. (Source: FAO, 2010)

4. Well over half of the world’s hungry people–some 578 million people–live in Asia and the Pacific region. Africa accounts for just over one quarter of the world’s hungry population. Source: (Source: FAO, The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2010)

5. Hunger is number one on the list of the world’s top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. (Source: UNAIDS global report, 2010; WHO World Hunger and Poverty Statistics, 2011).

6.  A third of all deaths in children under the age of five in developing countries are linked to under nutrition. (Source: UNICEF Report on Child Nutrition, 2006)

7. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from pregnancy through age two, are the critical window in which to tackle under nutrition. A proper diet in this period can protect them from the mental and physical stunting that can result from malnutrition. (Source: UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, 2009)

8.  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)

9. Malnourished mothers often give birth to underweight babies who are 20 per cent more likely to die before the age of five. Up to 17 million children are born underweight every year. (Source: A World Fit for Children, UNICEF, 2007)

10. By 2050, climate change and erratic weather patterns will have pushed another 24 million children into hunger. Almost half of these children will live in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: Climate Change and Hunger: Responding to the Challenge, WFP, 2009)

- So please stop saying you can’t stop eating, or you can’t keep a diet up, for you it’s a choice and if you can’t do it then you don’t have enough will power.
- Please stop talking to me about over production; obviously we are not producing enough for everyone of us to be well fed.
- Also, right after my last comment, please don’t waste food, if what you waste isn’t going to beneficial to any hungry person, then it’s just immoral and very inconsiderate of you.
- Please don’t talk to me about the ideal thoughts of vegetarianism, people are dying of hunger, cows are the least of my concerns. Don’t tell me people should stop eating meat, it was, it is and it will always be a great source of nutrition for us and hopefully one day they will breed enough cettle for the prices of meat to drop and more meat can reach these people dying of hunger.
- Please, if you are capable, find the nearest place where you can donate, don’t donate to rich countries because if they have hungry people, it only means you or they didn’t vote to the right person, donate to the countries where people are dying of hunger and make sure it’s a legit organization (I don’t want you to be robbed either)
- Please don’t donate more than you can afford every month so you can make it a monthly habit.
- After you have done all this please every time you eat enjoy your food to the fullest, you have earned it.  
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