End hunger and secure food for children and infants
Every 10 seconds a child dies from hunger.
- Hunger is when a person is unable to eat enough, and the right kind of food for a long period of time.
What is the problem?
Millions of children go hungry everyday, and thousands of innocent kids die everyday.
- Hunger kills about 3.1 million children each year.
- In 2013, 6.3 million children under age five died because of hunger.
- 66 million is the number of children in developing countries that attend school hungry.
- Hunger causes almost half of deaths in children younger than five.
- Hunger takes the life of 25,000 children everyday.
- The poorest 20% of children are about twice as likely to be stunt and die before their fifth birthday from bad nutrition, than the richest 20%.
Who is affected by this problem?
Children and Infants face hunger all over the world. Some infants are born very unhealthy and are likely to die because their mother was suffering from hunger during their pregnancy. Even though children in developing countries are at more risk, 16.2 million children suffer from food insecurity in the United States.
How does this problem affect children?
- 70% of the brain has developed by the get of 2. If the child is exposed to high levels of hunger and malnourishment, it is likely that their brain will be damaged permanently.
- Hungry children are more likely to develop learning disabilities.
- Lack of energy
- Bad immune system
- Always tired
- Children's skin may become dry, scaly, and cracked, which may lead to infections.
- Swollen and bleeding gums
- Decaying teeth
- 146 million children are underweight in devolving countries alone.
- Bloated stomach
- Fragile bones
- A hungry heart can get smaller, which means your body can't make enough blood.
- Kids are often stunt because there bones aren't growing at a normal rate. One out of four children are stunned.
Why is it a Problem?
Hunger is a cycle that is very hard to get rid of, and that gets passed down by generations.
- Infants: delayed growth and more likely to get sick
- Toddlers: physically and mentally behind healthy development
- Adults: more likely to be sick and poor, and pass on hunger to their children.
- One out of five people live on $1.25 a day.
- People who live in areas prone to natural disasters (floods,tropical storms, long period droughts) are more likely to be hungry because they can't grow their own food or have stable jobs and housing.
- Some people are exposed to harsh land, in which they are not able to grow food.
- Many countries are corrupted or have had conflicts, meaning that they get no help from the government and their land can get ruined in wars.
- Many people who suffer from hunger are unemployed and don't have land for farming.
How can we end hunger?
- About 3.2 billion dollars are needed per year to reach all hungry school-age children. If we invest more money in hunger, we can possibly end hunger.
- We can prevent hunger by lowering the cost of nutritious food.
- A big part of the problem is that hungry people can't grow their own food because they don't have enough money or skills, so investing in agriculture would be the most successful way to end hunger.