Sunday, July 24, 2011


Hunger, millions suffer from it

  • Sunday, July 24, 2011
  • Arunthathi Kanagaratnam
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  • Every night millions of children and adults around the world go to bed hungry. They face the next day too with empty stomachs and even spend the rest of the day in hunger because they have no food to eat. But on the other hand millions of people, especially in developed countries have too much food to eat and they throw away some of it.

    Even though the world has advanced in technology there are more poorly fed children in the world than before. Today the number of malnourished children and adults has increased in many parts of the world.

    People who do not get proper food are said to be malnourished .Such people do not get a balanced diet to keep their bodies fit and strong.

    Malnourished children grow more slowly than well-fed children. They also fall ill very frequently as they are weak. .

    When adults do not have enough food to eat and are malnourished, especially in poor countries, they cannot do their work properly.They have no strength even to cultivate their fields to earn a living. They do not have money to eat if they do not cultivate. So, they end up hungry.

    It becomes a vicious cycle. If there are droughts or famines adults find it difficult to recover even if the younger generation does so. If people become too weak even to cultivate their lands and carry out farming activities there will be a food shortage.

    Without food children will be physically affected .They will become weak and die. During a famine it is generally the children and the aged who suffer the most.

    Many children around the world live in hunger due to poverty and lack of food supplies.

    With the growing population there is a food shortage in the world. However, there are many who waste food . Supermarkets and food outlets, especially abroad throw away a lot of food that are not sold and have passed the expiry dates.

    Even in homes in our country people throwaway food. Do not waste food. There are many children who are dying of hunger. Help poor hungry children .

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