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World Hunger

Facts About Hunger

Learn the facts about hunger and how it affects children and their families.

•  One person in seven battles hunger every day.



•  Approximately 963 million people across the world are hungry.



•  More than 9 million children under age 5 die every year, and malnutrition accounts for more than one-third of these deaths.  Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.



•  About 5.6 million deaths of children worldwide are related to under-nutrition.  This accounts for 53% of the total deaths for children under 5.



•  More than 140 million or 25% of all children in developing countries are underweight and at risk from the long-term effects of malnourishment.



•  Nearly 15% of babies in developing countries are born with a low birth weight compared with only 7% of babies in industrialized countries.



•  More than 6 million children die from malnutrition each year.



•  Worldwide, 161 million preschool children suffer from chronic malnutrition.



•  Already 923 million people worldwide are undernourished, and there are more than9 million deaths related to hunger each year.


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