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Some Statistics About Hunger In America

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the number of U.S. households that did not have sufficient amount of food increased 30% from 2007 to 2010. The recession has caused at least 12 million more people to face hunger in America.

A new report from the Center for American Progress, stated that hunger in America costs $167.5 annually and this figure excludes the costs of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other federal nutritional programs. Figures for the SNAP are approximately $94 billion a year.

Basic Essentials Report About Hunger In America

A survey that was released on October 13, 2011, found that more Americans do not have the ability to get the basic essentials, such as, food and medical care. That number of Americans is higher now than was during the Great Depression of the 1930's. Now, it appears people in America who are having difficulties putting food on their table is currently three times larger than the same size share of the people who are in the very same position in China. The U.S. Basic Index Score, which is a Gallup way of measuring people having access to essentials, dropped to 81.4 for the month of September, which is less than the 81.5 measurement that had fell to in February, 2011 and March, 2009. The 2009 economic recession was thought to have ended in June, however, the sluggish economic recovery has not provided a continual improvement to the large numbers of Americans who have a need for assistance. The U.S. government noted recently that there are more Americans now who live below the poverty line. Around September 2008, through last September, the number of Americans who have the means to see a personal physician fell from about 82.5% to 78.3%. The number of Americans with health insurance dropped from 85.9% to 82.3%. Plus the number of people expressing that they had sufficient funds to get food items for themselves and/or their family decreased from 81.1% to 80.1%. The Gallup survey was according to telephone, as well as, in-person interviews. Subsequently, Gallup learned that only 6% of Chinese population said there has been instances during the past twelve months when they didn't have adequate funds for food for themselves and/or their family members, in comparison to 19% of Americans. Just about three years ago, these outcomes had been almost reversed, where 16% of Chinese population could not afford to buy enough food for their families, when it was about 9% of Americans that had the same experience.

Hunger Throughout The World

According to the World Food Programme's website, there are approximately 925 million people in the world who are malnourished. In other words, 1 in 7 individuals don't have enough nourishment to be healthy. In fact, malnutrition is the biggest risk factor to the world's population, larger than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS, combined. Major reasons for world hunger and malnourishment are the following:

  • Conflicts/Wars
  • Environmental Over-Exploitation
  • Natural Disasters
  • Poor Agriculture
  • Poverty
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