Answered By: Celita Ávila
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015     Views: 18

Planet Earth has many hungry people and many of them are small children.

Undernourishment in young children is a serious problem. According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's Global Hunger Index 2010 over 1 billion people in developing countries were undernourished in 2009. Children accounted for about half of those undernourished. A child must have adequate nutrition during the days between conception and the child's second birthday in order to properly develop both physically and mentally. After the age of 2 years the effects of malnutrition are essentially irreversible. The first Millennium Development Goal is to reduce the world's hungry by half by 2015. Providing adequate food and nutrition for the children in developing countries would help reach that goal.

In comparison to developing countries the United States has a relatively low rate of hunger and undernourishment, but it is still a problem. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Economic Research Service's Briefing Room: Food Security in the United States, Texas has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation.

For more books on children and hunger or nutrition, search the Library's online catalog for these subjects:

  • Children -- Nutrition
  • Children -- Developing countries
  • Nutrition policy -- Developing countries
  • Children -- United States
  • Children -- United States -- Nutrition
  • Nutrition -- United States

For magazine & journal articles on children and hunger use the following or a similar keyword search

  • children
  • children AND nutrition
  • children AND developing countries

in the following databases: Academic OneFileAcademic Search Complete, and MasterFile Premier.

To learn about this children and nutrition in the United States substitute "United States" for "developing countries" in your search.

For articles from a nursing and other health care literature use the same keyword search in the CINAHL database.