According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 165 million children under the age of five are so malnourished they will never reach their full physical and cognitive potential.
About 2 billion people in the world lack vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health, and around 1.4 billion are overweight - one third of them, obese. Children born to parents suffering from these forms of malnutrition start out with a higher risk of impairment from birth and illness later in life.
Poverty is handed down from generation to generation. Now it's time to stop the cycle.
October 16 is the FAO's annual World Food Day, and the organization is seeking to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and stimulate discussions for solutions.
The FAO suggests:
- Hosting a World Food Day meal
- Growing a garden
Need more inspiration? Meet the CNN Hero who created an oasis in a Southern 'food desert.'
- Eliminating food waste
Get more World Food Day Action tips at worldfooddayusa.org and feed your head with the links below.
- Living on food stamps and charitable assistance
The food stamp challenge results: eating on $30 a week
- School meals as a lifeline
Study finds school breakfast is a key to future success
- Celebrity chefs pitching in
Jose Andres: Why chefs should be leaders in the discussion on hunger
- Starvation in Mali and Somalia
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