Why are there families with children that go all weekend without a meal while our grocery stores are overflowing with food, and our pantries at home have more than we need? If more people were educated about the reality of hunger in East Tennessee, then more people would be inclined to help resolve the problem. Through education this issue can be eradicated. There are ways to better inform East Tennesseans about the realities that plague our poverty stricken population that are ultimately avoidable. Volunteering and making donations to the food pantries and organizations in the area are two of the best ways to support the less fortunate who need aid.
It is much easier to fight with famine in small village, but if starvation occurs in a bigger place like town it will take a lot of time and will be the cause of big outlays. According to the (FAO) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2012) 870 million of humanity were under effect of “extreme hunger”. Also United Nations (2013) said “24 million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from”. The most unprotected aim for hunger is kid that is why malnutrition impacts dramatically on children. Child, who are young and need a lot of vitamins and nutrition to grow up have to keep healthy and full of beneficial components diet (Gabriela Mistral 1948) .
The overweight epidemic can be caused by many factors, but schools meals are a major contributor. Every day thousands of students consume school meals, unaware of the low nutritional value they hold. The United States government has done some work to protect and improve this problem by setting regulations with the U.S.DA, but it is not enough. School nutritional standards need to be improved for the safety and wellbeing of our children. Over the years the school lunches have dropped their nutritional standards and our children are paying the price with their lives.
In 1798, the political economist Thomas Malthus referred to extensive hunger as a natural system that ensured a properly sized population that was balanced with the food supply, and the global population adapted this idea as their view on world hunger (Dando 197). It was not until the 1970s when this idea began to be truly challenged. Today, commercials displaying starving African children are no rare sight. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 33 million children under 5 are malnourished (Stanford 46). Everyone is aware of the hunger crisis, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, but what causes this extreme hunger is not quite as well known.
They could not feed their children breakfast with the knowledge that there is a nutrition... ... middle of paper ... ... by the CPAG, shows that “the reasoning is simple: hungry children do not learn- feeding them improves their attendance, nutritional status and academic performance and behaviour”. This helps the child to engage in their learning which makes the teaching easier. It also makes the other children’s learning process easier as the teacher is not focused on one students behaviour and lack of engagement. Children going to school without breakfast is a major nutritional issue in todays society and it needs to be addressed. Breakfast in Schools is the perfect solution to this issue.
3.1 million children are dying of hunger. “About 21,000 people die every day of hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations” (Poverty). “There are still an estimated 868 million people who are undernourished and more than 100 million children under age 5 who are ;undernourished and underweight” (Bread). The amount of people hungry is decreasing 37% since 1990, but it needs to end. More jobs need to be created by opening shelters and letting the people that need jobs work there and then get paid., there need to be more food shelters and the government needs to make healthier food easier to access to
America needs to fund more of its own child hunger issues, but we still however are avid contributors to “third-world” hunger issues. The burden of hunger and malnutrition are mainly in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. According to Sally Raphel (2104), each day in the developing world, 30,100 children die from mostly preventable and treatable malnutrition. Global recessions also cause higher food prices and foreign aid reduction. Statically, these developing world countries see child hunger the most; about 89% of undernourished people (including children) live in developing countries.
Nationally, about 17% of people under the age of 20, about 12.5 million are considered obese. School districts that serve students food that are high in calories and fat are to blame for the growing numbers of obese children. Although school lunches provide students food at minimal costs, the poor quality of food served delivers inadequate nutrition and is responsible for the rising numbers of obese minors in the United States. In order to combat this growing problem, school districts must limit student choices in the lunchroom and provide healthier food nationally. Although some school districts may argue this, it is necessary to do so as school districts in Pennsylvania and Mississippi and university studies support this claim.
These families that are feeling the effects of food insecurity will not be only ones affected by it, but all of America. Studies have shown that there is a link between food security, performance in the classroom, and obesity. If this issue is not faced head on, America will have a generation of children not fully prepared for the workforce and high health insurance rates due to obesity health issues. In providing help to people who find themselves in food insecure households, people can be found who are skeptic of their true need. One of biggest myths of the disadvantaged is that they have poor shopping habits or shop in convenience stores where prices are extremely higher than compared to those in grocery stores.
Today, as values of living continue to boost, weight increase and obesity are posing a rising threat to certain well-beings in countries all over the world. Obesity, now confirmed as a nationwide endemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is likely to get worse and amplify over time. “The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese” (Obesity: in Statistics, 2008, 2nd Statement). It is definite that most kids are inclined to eat junk food, and it is certain that most kids will become overweight as adults. About 15% of children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years are overweight, which is an increase of 4% from the 1988-1994 NHANES study” (Chatterjee, Blakely, & Barton, 2005, p. 24).