There are 795 million undernourished people in the world today, which means one in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. India is one of the highest ranking countries in the world for the number of children suffering from malnutrition. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
The problem of hunger and malnutrition are entirely solvable. In general, it is the poor who are affected. Wealth and hunger are inversely proportional. In cases of child malnutrition, the majority of the children from low-income families. Some religious beliefs may also be a reason for malnutrition.
In India, gender inequality has a major role to play. Due to the low social status of women in India, especially in the rural areas, their daily nutrition needs are not properly met in quantity as well as quality.
The number of people in India who live below the poverty line is just plain enormous. These are the people for whom it is difficult to manage two square meals a day. When we are not able to solve the food crisis in India, having great scientific achievements to our names really does not do justice to the numerous people who go to sleep hungry every day.
Solving this issue helps in many ways. When we can solve the problem of hunger and malnutrition as a country, we can increase the productivity of individuals, which in turn leads to more economic opportunities.
We as individuals can contribute in whatever small way we can. The next time we see the weak malnourished kid at the signal, let us buy him something to eat rather than throwing in some coins in his bowl.
May we care for the less privileged! We wish you all good! 🙂