HUNGER WORLDWIDE - Zuber Amanulah Global Issues HUNGER...

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Zuber Amanulah Global Issues HUNGER WORLDWIDE Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds. Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide. In the end of the 20 th century it seemed as if the international system dealing with hunger was winning the battle against malnutrition, the number of hungry people around the world dropped by about two-hundred million. In the second half of the 1990s, however, the number of chronically hungry in developing countries increased at a rate of almost four million per year. By 2000-2002, the total number of undernourished people worldwide had risen to 852 million, 815 in developing countries, 28 million in countries in transition and nine million in industrialized countries. Nearly one in seven people worldwide do not get enough food to live an active life making hunger and malnutrition a greater threat then AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combine. There are two main types of hunger, acute hunger and daily undernourishment. Acute hunger is what is mainly seen on the television is basically starvation. Such cases usually take places in wore torn areas or due to natural disasters. The other type of hunger is known as daily undernourishment, this is a less visible form of hunger but it affects many more people. According to the Food  and  Agriculture Organization's a report was published in 2004 stating vitamin and mineral deficiencies afflict nearly two billion people worldwide. Deficiencies of iron, vitamin A and zinc are ranked among the World Health Organization's (WHO) top 10 leading causes of death through disease in developing countries. Iron defiancey affects more then 1 billion people worldwide leading it to be the most prevalent form of malnutrition. Many people may ask why more isn’t done to help solve this problem. The biggest reason is probably the economic impact on country trying to combat hunger issues. Hunger not
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Zuber Amanulah Global Issues only weighs heavily on the individual. It also leads to a damaging economic burden on the developing world. Economists estimate that every child whose physical and mental development is stunted by hunger and malnutrition stands to lose five to 10 percent in lifetime earnings.
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