Hunger and Its Effects

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Write an essay in which you describe the effects of hunger and malnutrition on the health status of communities. The explain how community participation and nation political commitment can help to address these effects.

In my assignment I will explain the effects of hunger and malnutrition on the health status of communities. I will also describe how community participation and national political commitment can assist to address these effects.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The World Health Organization (WHO) definition.

It agrees that health is a fundamental human right and that the attainment of the highest possible level of health is a most important world-wide social goal whose realization requires the action of many other social and economic sectors in addition to the health sector. Those working to promote health generally see it as a resource for everyday life, not the object of living. It is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities.

Hunger is the physical sensation of desiring food. Throughout history, a large proportion of the world's populations have often experienced sustained periods of hunger. In many cases this resulted from disruptions to the food supply caused by war, plagues or adverse weather changes

Malnutrition is a general term for a condition caused by improper diet or nutrition; it can occur in conjunction with both under and over consumption of calories. When a person is not getting enough food or not getting the right sort of food, malnutrition is just around the corner. Disease is often a factor, either as a result or contributing cause. Even if people get enough to eat, they will become malnourished if the food they eat does not provide the proper amounts of micronutrients - vitamins and minerals - to meet daily nutritional requirements. 

Malnutrition is not the same thing as...