World Hunger

Statistics about Child Hunger

  1. Nearly 842 million people are suffering from hunger.
  2. 98 percent of people suffering from hunger live in developing countries.
  3. Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  4. Hunger causes the deaths of about 5 million children each year.
  5. About 17 million children are born underweight annually, the result of inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy.
Hunger is the world’s top health concern, killing more people than do AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The number of hungry people in the world exceeds the sum of the populations of the U.S., Canada, and the European Union. A quarter of children born in developing nations are underweight. Hunger can cause adverse health effects—the calorie deficit can cause a person’s bodily functions, both mental and physical, to slow or even shut down. Every day, over 1 billion people go hungry. The cost of food is a constant concern for impoverished people in developing nations, as they spend 50-80% of their budget on food. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. Imagine a life where all that was thought about was “when will I eat next” or “will I survive through the night”? Life would be so difficult. This plan to eliminate world hunger is quite a large one, but anything is possible if people set their minds to it.