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India’s Deathful Problem: Hunger

India which is the second largest populated country in the world, have two major factors why there is a malnutrition in the country, one if the economic disparity the other, religion. 200 million people are trapped in this cycle of malnutrition which causes them the to be less productive which leads them to always stay in this cycle.

1 in 3 kids who are undernourished is from India. There are 61 million kids in India, more than 40% are undernourished.

 

According to ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’, 2019 report 14,5% of its population which is 200 million are undernourished in India.’

 

The Disparity In Economics

 

The first reasons for undernourishment in India are the disparity in economics. Because of the low status in different groups among the population, the meals they have are far from quality and quantity. The chance of having a healthy baby for a woman that doesn’t feed herself is very low. Undernourishment is a long term problem for individuals and the society. When compared with well fed people, the chances of catching a disease or an infection are very high for the undernourished people, so this leads to more deaths. The undernourished people tend to be less productive in their jobs. Which eventually makes India ineffective.

The High Population In The Rural Areas

 

The area that you live in, religion and other factors also effect the nourishment of the Indian people. The life in the rural also effect the nourishment of the people. Worldmeters.info has recorded that, with 1,38 billion people, India has the second largest population in the world.  There are 14 countries in the world with over 100 million population. With 464 people per kilometres, India is second in this list, first is China with 153.

 

Although India has 60 million less in population than China, the land of India is smaller than the land in China. Once again 39% of the population in China which is 560 million, live in the rural parts, but for India this is 65% which is 900 million people. The surface area of India is three times smaller than China; the density should be more in India but because the population that lives in the rural is nearl 1,5 times more than China, this density drops enormously. Also the rural population in India is 4,5 times more than China’s.

The Harsh Consequences Of Hunger

 

37% of children aged 0-5 are called “dwarfs”. This generally happens when they are undernourishment. A dwarf child cannot reach the real heights of normal children. They rather tend to be more in weight and they have a risk of obesity.

 

In India 20.8% of children aged under 5 are seen as “lost”. This means the kids weight is very low compared to the height. Undernourishment, reoccurring diseases and severe infections can higher the risk of deaths for these “lost” children.

 

There is a high risk of death for undernourished children that have diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia.

 

Also the women who are in their reproductive period form ages 15 to 49 are anaemia. Anaemia is when the red blood cells are lower than usual. With this the haemoglobin which allows the blood cells to carry the oxygen to the tissues decreases. The major factors in anaemia is undernourishment.

 

Hunger is a hard test for India. with over 1.3 billion people in this geography, 1 in 7 people are going through this test. Before even being born a child has to come face to face with undernourishment which isn’t repairable with the problems it brings to the child. In conclusion the people who are less productive are trapped in this poor cycle.

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