1 in 5 children faces hunger in America, and 1 in 4 children around the world suffers from chronic malnutrition that stunts growth. The biggest reason kids are hungry, both in the U.S. and around the world, is poverty. Poverty often means children not only don’t have enough to eat, they don’t have access to clean water, health care or education. They face hunger, disease and even death.
What does malnutrition look like? Most of us think of bloated bellies or skin and bones, but the appearance of a hungry child might surprise you.
Internationally, hunger often stunts growth. Imagine a 9-year-old who appears to be only 5. It often takes a different form in the United States. A 7-year-old boy who eats a lot of empty calories will be overweight, but he’s still starving for healthy food.
To end childhood hunger, we must work together to break the cycle of poverty, by providing food and long-term solutions like clean water and education.