Hunger

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Hunger is the most commonly used term to describe the social condition of people (or organisms) who frequently experience, or live with the threat of experiencing, the physical sensation of desiring food.

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Malnutrition, famine, starvation

  • Malnutrition is a general term for a condition caused by improper diet or nutrition, and can occur in conjunction with both under and over consumption of calories.
  • Famine is a widespread scarcity of food that may apply to any fauna species, which phenomenon is usually accompanied by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality.
  • Starvation describes a "state of exhaustion of the body caused by lack of food." This state may precede death.

World statistics

On October 11, 2010, it was reported that the number of malnourished people in the world exceeded 1 billion people,[1] about a sixth of the world's total population.

There were 923 million malnourished people in the world in 2007, an increase of 80 million since 1990.[2] The FAO purports that the world already produces enough food to feed everyone — 6 billion people — and could feed double — 12 billion people.[3]

Malnutrition mortality statistics

  • On average, 36 million people die each year as a direct or indirect result of poor nutrition, which is more than 1 death each second.[6][7][8]
  • On average, one child under five dies every 5 seconds as a direct or indirect result of poor nutrition.[9] This is 6 million children per year, more than half of all child deaths.[10][11][12][13]

Politics of hunger

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, "850 million people worldwide were undernourished in 1999 to 2005" and the number of hungry people has recently been increasing widely.

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