Nigerian girl with Kwashiorkor, 1960s
courtesy of CDC, PHIL 6901
Malnutrition is a huge global problem, not only in the developing world but also in resource-rich countries. More than a billion people now undernourished (Dawe and Dreschler, 2010).
However, this need not be the case. A 2012 report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggests that 30-50% of all food produced is never eaten (IME, 2013).
Malnutrition has profound impacts on the body. Acute dangers include:
Adaptation to starvation. Infants are more efficient at energy consumption; 30% less.
Penguins, when young, often decline in weight from 11 down to 4 kg; they can be successfully refed.
"A hungry world is a dangerous world."
Josette Sheeran, World Food Program.
Dawe and Dreschler, 2010