10 Surprising Statistics About World Hunger

  1. Hunger is the world’s number 1 health risk, killing more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
  2. Some 925 million people do not have enough to eat.
  3. Ninety-eight percent of them live in the developing world.
  4. One in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.
  5. There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of the U.S., Canada, and the European Union.
  6. Undernutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.
  7. The money Americans spend annually on potato and tortilla chips ($13.6 billion) could feed 90 percent of stunted children in the 36 highest-burden countries.
  8. Worldwide, 115 million children under the age of 5 are underweight.
  9. The Asian and Pacific regions contain over half the world’s population and nearly two-thirds of the world’s hungry people.
  10. Supplementation with vitamins could reduce the risk of child mortality from all causes by 23 percent.

For information about what you can do, visit https://www.hungerfree.org/.

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