6 Reasons The Next Generation Needs Us To Solve Hunger
Here are six facts and stats that illustrate this point:
1. Science has proven that a child’s first 1,000 days
– in the womb and up to 2 years old – are critical to their physical
and mental development. Children who are critically undernourished
suffer irreversible damage.
2. Nourished women have healthier babies
whose immune systems are stronger for life. Conversely,
undernourished mothers pass malnutrition on to the next generation by
giving birth to smaller, weaker babies.
3. Proper nutrition during the first two years of life can result in an increase in lifetime earnings by as much as 46 percent. (J. Hoddinott, The Lancet).
4. The combination of low birth weight, stunting and
iodine deficiency can result in a reduction of up to 30 points in IQ
and the body’s inability to resist disease for life. (World Bank).
5. Studies show it is more difficult for children to
learn without adequate food and nutrition. There are 66 million primary
school-age children who attend classes hungry across the developing world.
6. A third of all deaths in children under the age of five in developing countries are linked to hunger. (UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality).