Featured Publication: Bread for the World Institute's 2016 Hunger Report
The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality
The 26th Annual Hunger Report specifically addresses nutrition as a health issue. It includes domestic and international data tables covering health issues, poverty, food security, demographics, environment – all of the MDG targets.
Key Messages of the report:
1) Nutritious food is essential to healthy growth and development and can prevent the need for costly medical care. Many chronic diseases-the main drivers of cost growth and poor population health-are diet-related.
2) The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other high-income country but compares poorly with these others on key population health indicators such as life expectancy and child survival. This is due in part to our tolerance, as a nation, for higher levels of poverty and hunger.
3) Socioeconomic inequalities drive population-wide health disparities. Socioeconomic factors such as housing, education, employment opportunities, and access to healthy food have a larger impact on health outcomes than medical care.
4) Even as hunger rates decline in every region of the developing world, wide-scale malnutrition from vitamin and mineral deficiencies continues to impose a devastating cost on individuals. In addition, rising levels of obesity and related chronic diseases are imposing a huge burden on weak health systems in developing countries.