Malnutrition, a state of deficiencies, excesses or imbalances of a person’s intake, energy or nutrition, continues to be an epidemic in developing countries. It is a state of ill health that is so common globally that it is the most disturbing risk factor for illness and death, particularly in young children where an estimated 300,000Continue reading The malnourished child
Victims of starvation face a severe state where their body fat, muscles and tissues burn up for fuel. The body of a victim of starvation literally consumes itself by deteriorating rapidly, all in an attempt to provide fuel for survival. In the fasted or pre-starvation state, the body’s main concern is to maintain blood glucose.Continue reading Hunger kills: how does the body try to cope?
HIV is a virus that damages the cells of the immune system, weakening the ability to fight everyday infections and diseases. AIDS is the term used to describe a range of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that occur as a result of a severely damaged immune system by the HIV virus. Morbidity (condition of beingContinue reading HIV: the impact of under-nutrition on resilience
Developing countries In developing countries, water availability is scarce; the poorer people in this situation will suffer more than their well-off counterparts. The poorer people will have less food either because their food production has been stalled due to the lack of water or because they are simply unable to produce enough food due toContinue reading The world food problem: a comparison of life between two extremes
In 2015, the world’s countries committed to achieving zero hunger by 2030, however, a study by the Global Hunger Index this year examined 119 countries and found that 51 had levels of hunger that were seriously alarming. Central African Republic was singled out as the only nation with extremely alarming levels of hunger as aContinue reading War: the effects of forced migration on hunger
According to the World Food Programme, the world produces enough to feed the entire global population of 7 billion people yet one in eight on the planet still battle a war against hunger every single day. To put this into figures, that is 821 million people in the world (and possibly more) that go hungryContinue reading Hunger: a human rights violation?