These Harrowing Numbers Prove Hunger Is Far More Of A Dire Issue Than We Realize

Oct 16, 2014 4:50 PM ET

Original article on HuffPost

Many of us in this county have never experienced hunger and don’t know what it is to be too undernourished to work, study or even play. But hunger is the number one health risk in the world today, ahead of heart disease, cancer and AIDS.

And yet, surprisingly, it has nothing to do with global food supplies: Society as a whole produces more food than the global population can consume. The problem is that many of those who are hungry simply don’t have access to food because of poverty, civil unrest, crumbling infrastructures, lack of food-storage facilities and outmoded farming techniques. As a result, there are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of the U.S., Canada and the European Union.

That’s why, in support of World Food Day on Oct. 16, we’re partnering with Yum! Brands to raise awareness about world hunger. Although recent studies show that hunger is on the decline in some parts of the world, the numbers below reveal the real hunger crisis that is playing out every day around the globe.

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