What Are Some Statistics on World Hunger?


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Approximately one in nine people around the world, or about 795 million total, lack enough food to maintain an active healthy lifestyle. About 98 percent of the world's undernourished populations live in developing countries. At 60 percent of the total, women make up the majority of the world's hungry people.

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Two-thirds of Asia's population is undernourished, giving it the dubious status as the continent with the most hungry people. The highest prevalence of hunger is in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa, where one in four people does not get enough to eat and hunger is the cause of one-third of childhood deaths. In developing countries, one out of every six babies has low birth weight.

About 100 million children, or one out of six, in developing countries is underweight. Almost half of all annual deaths, about 45 percent, in children under the age of 5 is caused by poor nutrition. A child dies from hunger-related disease every 10 seconds. Globally, one in four children has stunted growth, and in developing countries the number can increase to one in three children. In the developing world, 66 million children of elementary school age go to school hungry. Of that number, 23 million of the children live in Africa.

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