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Chapter 15: World View of Nutrition: The Faces of Global Malnutrition

Malnutrition in the United States

Paul, Sandy, and their two children have had hard times lately. Both Paul and Sandy lost their jobs in the past the year. They had a hard time finding new jobs and were forced to take high pay cuts in order to keep working. They have exhausted any back up funds they had saved and now slip into debt further from paycheck to paycheck. More of their budget now goes to and less goes toward . This family is not alone in the United States. Almost million households experienced hunger in the U.S. in 2003. Food insecurity is strongly associated with poverty. To be considered in poverty as a four member family, Paul and Sandy's joint income must be under ; however, they are considered part of the working poor and are therefore eligible for benefits under the .

Malnutrition: Its Nature, Its Victims, and Its Education

Hunger is a global problem. Despite gains in eradicating malnutrition, percent of the people in the developing world continue to suffer from chronic hunger. Although world food supplies are adequate, factors that allow hunger to continue include . Infection, especially , rapid population growth and other factors threaten to reverse hard-won gains. The most critical nutrition deficiencies in today's developing world include . Fortification and supplementation programs are effectively attacking iodine and vitamin A deficiencies, but have less success overcoming deficiency. of the underlying causes of malnutrition must be addressed to reduce and eliminate these and other deficiencies.


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