20 December 2010

Conviction: Hunger

Let's kick off another week, with statistics to get a idea of the scope of this issue.

As you might imagine, hunger is one of the most widely spread problems. It affects people down the street, people in the middle of nowhere, people next to the White House. People in Europe, people in Australia, people in Mexico and in China. There isn't anywhere that hunger isn't a draw on the resources of a society.

More than 11,000 people have died from starvation today. That means that a child dies from starvation every 7 seconds.

There are more than 1 billion people in the world suffering from hunger.

Approximately 1 in 4 children don't get the nutrition they need.

Along with that information, World Vision also cites this:

Even if a child is just moderately underweight, she is four times more likely to die from an infectious disease compared to a well-nourished child.

Worldwide, approximately 145 million children are underweight and at risk of dying — simply because they don’t get enough nutritious food.

It's not a good outlook, by any measurement. And like the other topics we've covered so far, there isn't any easy solution by which every hungry person will suddenly be fed and happy and healthy. The reason for that lies in the reasons that there are so many hungry people in the world, and those are coming up tomorrow!

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