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Hunger & Health: Combating Starvation and Malnutrition

Our last meeting, Madelyn, Anne, and Grace covered Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. Beyond ensuring universal access to food, this goal aims to improve nutrition and provide food for marginalized racial and social groups that are disproportionately affected by hunger and malnutrition.

Shown below is Madelyn's poster on hunger:

Our meeting continued with a Quizizz game set up by the co-presidents, and we discussed the content once everyone had finished playing. This game also discussed the definition of hunger, the fact that women are more prone to experiencing hunger than men, and that despite producing the majority of our global food supply, small farmers and fishers are especially vulnerable to food insecurity and poverty. Our world has ample resources to feed its entire population, but the unequal distribution of food still affects impoverished and disadvantaged groups, especially laborers like the aforementioned farmers and fishers.

These are examples of questions in the game:

We followed up our game by discussing the issue of undernourishment in the United States, specifically discussing a national lack of proper nutrition, and the importance of school lunches. Beyond the direct impacts of hunger on individuals, the phenomenon can inadvertently affect people's health by making their immune systems weaker, and this is especially detrimental to areas suffering the effect of COVID. Hunger impacts a person's ability to focus as well, which may interfere with their jobs and education. World hunger is intertwined with so many other issues, and given the fact that humans rely on food to survive, striving to reach this SDG is especially paramount to the United Nations.

Thank you to Madelyn, Anne, and Grace for an amazing meeting and discussion! Our next meeting is February 3rd at 1 and we will continue with the topic of hunger, so we hope to see you there! :)

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