Voluntary Hunger

According to the news article from Manila Bulletin, there are about 3 million households in the Philippines who are experiencing involuntary hunger. This figure of 3 million however is already an improvement to the previous reported record of 4.1 million households from the previous quarter and was said to be the lowest since 2007.

Meantime, according to the statistics taken from the World Food Programme website, hunger is the world’s number 1 health risk, with people dying more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined; that one in seven people in the world goes to bed hungry every night; that one out of 4 children in developing countries are underweight; and that there are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of USA, Canada and EU or an estimated 925 million hungry persons worldwide.

The estimated data for the Philippines is per household, thus if there are 3 million households and each household has 4 family members, therefore there are 12 million hungry Filipinos in the Philippines. The figure could be much more as it is ironic in the Philippines, the less capable a family is to raise children the bigger the family size these families have.

Using the above estimates, 1.30% hungry people in the world is in the Philippines. And with estimated 100 million total Filipino population, this translates to 1 hungry Filipino for every 10 Filipinos.

Meantime, I myself might be hungry why I thought of blogging about hunger — my type of hunger though is voluntary. I can eat anything I want (teehee!) though I prefer to be hungry. I do not know if what I am doing is proper, but this could be a drastic move to lose some weight. I had been doing this for a month already, as much as possible I do not want to eat lunch, I usually skip breakfast or dinner. Though let me just mention that I may be ‘cheating’ by taking coffee or a cracker, but the point is I am simply limiting my food intake and not trying to commit suicide.

Veiled in black to so as not to display my terrible toes ;)

Incidentally I saw an old picture, date-stamped three years ago where I miserably weigh 79 kilos. Then, I was struggling targeting to weigh at least 75 kilos. Past forward today, I now weigh 90 kilos the last time I checked a month ago — I do not wish to step at the weighing scale yet as I am sure I will get frustrated (and might suffer from depression too, lol).

More hunger-related stats (from World Food Programme website, quoting respective sources):

925 million people do not have enough to eat and 98 percent of them live in developing countries. (Source: FAO news release, 14 September 2010)

Asia and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds of the world’s hungry people;
(Source: FAO news release, 2010)

Women make up a little over half of the world’s population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world’s hungry.
(Source: Strengthening efforts to eradicate hunger…, ECOSOC, 2007)

65 percent of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
(Source: FAO news release, 2010)

Undernutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.
(Source: Under five deaths by cause, UNICEF, 2006)

One out of four children – roughly 146 million – in developing countries is underweight
(Source: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007)

More than 70 percent of the world’s underweight children (aged five or less) live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone;
(Source: Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006)

10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths;
(Source: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2007)

Iron deficiency is the most prevalent form of malnutrition worldwide, affecting an estimated 2 billion people. Eradicating iron deficiency can improve national productivity levels by as much as 20 percent.
(Source: World Health Organization, WHO Global Database on Anaemia)

Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage, affecting 1.9 billion people worldwide. It can easily be prevented by adding iodine to salt.
(Source: World Nutrition Situation 5th report ,UN Standing Committee on Nutrition2005)

In the time of hypermarkets and giant groceries, it is a pity that people are still getting hungry (while on the flip side of the coin, obesity is also a serious issue, though this is a separate topic that I will leave for now).


About swrphome

Sophie's World, Rinojo's Playground. Almost crazy. Usually sane. Occasionally busy. Always lazy.

Posted on 13 September 2011, in Random Thoughts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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