Information-Issues-Hunger / Malnutrition
How many people are malnourished or “undernourished”?
-Even though America is economically the wealthiest nations in the world many people are undernourished.
Children: According to the USDA, an estimated 12.4 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2005.5
Seniors: 6% of households with seniors (1.6 million households) were food insecure (low food security and very low food security).5 A study that examined the health and nutritional status of seniors found that food-insecure seniors had significantly lower intakes of vital nutrients in their diets when compared to their food-secure counterparts. In addition, food-insecure seniors were 2.33 times more likely to report fair/poor health status and had higher nutritional risk.6
Working Poor: In 2002, over 4 million non-elderly, low-income families reported using a food pantry in the past 12 months. 7 In 2002, nearly 2 million working parents with children turned to food pantries.7
Rural Poor: 16.6% of all rural households with children are food insecure (low food security and very low food security), an estimated 1 million children.5
-Nearly two out of every three Americans are overweight or obese.
-One out of every eight deaths in America is caused by an illness directly related to overweight and obesity.
-In the year 2000, the total annual cost of obesity in the United States was $117 billion. While extra value meals may save us some change at the counter, they’re costing us billions of dollars in health care and lost productivity. Physical inactivity and super-sized meals are leading to a nation of oversized people.
-This year, more than 300,000 Americans will die from illnesses related to overweight and obesity.
-Obesity contributes to the number-one cause of death in our nation: heart disease.
-Excess weight has also led to an increase in the number of people suffering from Type 2 diabetes, which is entirely preventable. There are at least 17 million Americans with diabetes, and another 16 million have pre-diabetes. Each year, diabetes costs America $132 billion. It can lead to eye diseases, cardiovascular problems, kidney failure, and early death.
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-Among adults aged 20–74 years the prevalence of obesity increased from 15.0% (in the 1976–1980 survey) to 32.9% (in the 2003–2004 survey).
-The two surveys also show increases in overweight among children and teens. For children aged 2–5 years, the prevalence of overweight increased from 5.0% to 13.9%; for those aged 6–11 years, prevalence increased from 6.5% to 18.8%; and for those aged 12–19 years, prevalence increased from 5.0% to 17.4%.
-“current data indicates that the situation is worsening rather than improving”