Canada Malnutrition

World Food Day Around The World

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
UNICEF Canada

World food day is on October 16th, and it's as good a time as any to recognize, celebrate, and learn how various cultures around the world interact with food.

Genetically Modified Golden Rice Not The Cure-All Industry Claims

Colin Todhunter | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Colin Todhunter

Golden Rice is really a Trojan horse; agribusiness corporations are attempting to pave the way for the acceptance of more GM crops and food. Once this is acknowledged, it is apparent why so much money, lobbying and time has been invested in trying to tackle just one aspect of malnutrition with a single GM crop.

49,000 Kids Dying Of Malnutrition Linked To Boko Haram

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada

Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished in Borno state.

Not All Seniors Have Access To Basic Needs Like Proper Nutrition

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While it's great to hear a majority of Ontario seniors have access to proper nutrition, there is still a big number of those who don't for many reasons. And as more individuals live longer and independently, it's important to continue the dialogue about how to create solutions, especially during Seniors' Month in Ontario.

For 48 Hours I Endured The Hunger Many Kids Feel Every Day

Matt Batey | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Matt Batey

Around the world today, nearly 800 million people are without secure, reliable, regular sources of food to eat. I have never gone hungry a day in my life. It was time to experience just a little of what it's like to be desperate for food, but unable to eat.

On World Food Day, Treat Yourself While Helping Others

World Vision | Posted 10.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Friday is World Food Day, the perfect day to join thousands of people around the world by treating yourself (and others), to the most expensive and lavish feast you can afford. You deserve it! And here's the best part: you can satisfy that craving -- and be a humanitarian hero at the same time, helping some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

This Is How We Can Help End Hidden Hunger

Howard Schiffer | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Howard Schiffer

The concept of "hidden hunger" isn't new, but it's not something that the average person is aware of. Hidden hunger happens when people don't eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods. They may be getting enough food to fill their stomachs, but they aren't consuming the right balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

New Global Focus Placed on Reducing Anemia in Adolescent Girls

Marion Roche | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Reducing anemia in adolescents is often motivated by efforts and interests to improve maternal and newborn health for pregnant adolescents. However, when we truly understand the consequences of anemia throughout a woman's life, the benefits of reducing it to improve adolescent school performance and productivity at work cannot be ignored.

Momentum Is Building in the Global Fight Against Malnutrition

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 05.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Joel C. Spicer

In the coming months, a unique alignment of global events has the potential to fuse together leadership, partnership, commitment, and action for nutrition that could change the lives of millions. The opportunity is right in front of us if we are courageous enough to seize it.

India Needs to Make the Health of Female Children a Priority

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Murtaza Haider

The ultimate goal of economic development is to achieve social justice and equity for all. The systematic biases that facilitate discrimination of girls, even at the hands of family, need to be confronted. When households stop stretching their fertility in hopes of having a son, a healthier and just society will emerge in India.

Celebrating Canadian Global Nutrition Success

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada
Joel C. Spicer

Without proper nutrition, many children don't make their 5th birthday. When Canada formed the Micronutrient Initiative more than 20 years ago, it highlighted the silent crisis of "hidden hunger" -- when people don't get the vitamins and minerals in their diets they need to stay alive and healthy.

Hunger Is a Less Visible, but Real Side Effect of Ebola

Plan International Canada | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Even when Ebola is finally contained, the reality is thousands of people will continue to face hunger and malnutrition leading to death for months, if not years. While they won't succumb to the disease itself, they'll still experience hunger because of the effects of an Ebola epidemic.

A Glimpse of Canadian Dollars at Work, Saving Lives in Senegal

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

I recently travelled more than 6,500 kilometres to see our tax dollars at work. What I saw were lives being saved for less than the cost of a cup of takeout coffee. All Canadians should be proud.

Malnourished Kids Don't Always Look The Way You Think

Jessica Zapata | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease and metabolic syndromes. It leads to a deterioration in the quality of our life and often the length, too. Some experts have gone as far as saying childhood obesity is such an epidemic that this current generation of youngsters will have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents!

Was South Sudan a Preventable Crisis?

Stephen Cornish | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The actors who built South Sudan knew what they were creating: a country barely emerged from decades of devastating conflict, led by a generation with no access to education or any kind of functioning infrastructure; a completely impoverished petro-state, entirely dependent on oil resources but with no capacity to develop them on its own; and a nation deeply split by ethnic divisions.

Would You Pay $45 To Turn a Starving Child Healthy?

Susanne Courtney | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Susanne Courtney

It's common knowledge that millions of children in the world still suffer from hunger. But did you know that with proper treatment, between 90 - 95 per cent of children can regain full health? And that full treatment can take just 45 days, and cost a mere $45?

The Dilemma of Ethical Eating

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

At first glance, it's not easy to be an ethical eater. We're told to cut back on meat to fight climate change and open up farmland for more nutrient-efficient grains. But we're also told to "eat local." So, on top of the multiple junkfood-and kale-related challenges of modern meal planning, how do we navigate this complex ethical menu?

Why "End Hunger" Deserves a Place on Your New Year To-Do List

Susanne Courtney | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Susanne Courtney

Chances are, food will remain on your mind in the early weeks of the new year as you make choices to start off right. And that's a good thing. In 2014, Canadians have the power to change the landscape of hunger. Here are three reasons why helping end hunger should be on your 2014 to-do list.

What We've Done to the Environment Is Haunting Us Now

Sangita Iyer | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

It's becoming clearer that what we are putting into the environment is returning to haunt us, resulting in unnecessary loss of lives, malnourishment, disease and starvation. Another key lesson is, the developed nations are not shielded from climate change, nor do they have the capacity to deal with a devastation of such cataclysmic proportion as the recent severe weather event in Colorado.

Malnutrition Exists Right in Our Backyard

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

September is hunger awareness month. We are not talking about the developing world where food shortages have long been a menace to vast parts of its populations, but in one of the wealthiest places on Earth. Regrettably, the long-term effects of food deprivation, especially at a young age, are not always readily understood or considered.

The Fight Against Maternal and Child Undernutrition

Marion Roche | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

In January 2008, The Lancet, the world's leading medical journal, published its ground breaking series on maternal and child nutrition, which successfully identified to the world the damaging effects of undernutrition. We know that much has been accomplished to reduce the burden from undernutrition in the past five years; however, our work is far from over.

The Ins and Outs of a Doctor Without Borders in Chad

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

The dry hot season is going out and the cooler rainy season is coming in. Heavy showers have begun to fall and it is a relief for everyone. Starvation will hopefully ease. Yes, death is around us; but moreso, we are surrounded by life and survival. Day-in and day-out, this is the reality of our work here in eastern Chad.

Mali: The People Behind the Headlines

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

We've seen an increasing amount in the news about Mali lately. A West African country in the grips of a conflict so brutal almost 400,000 people, mainly women and children, have had to flee their homes. With these concerns in mind, Plan has been stepping up our regular programs in Mali to help people through this period in their lives.

Talking to Your Kids About Hunger

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Kids are naturally inclined to want to help. But when it comes to something as massive as world hunger, it's hard for young people to believe they can make a difference -- especially when adults don't seem able to solve the problem! Here are five ways you can get your child involved.

Hunger is Not a Game, Canada

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food will present his preliminary findings on food security in Canada on May 16 in Ottawa. It's my hope that this will put child hunger squarely on the political agenda in Canada. We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but hunger is something that we increasingly see among the families that bring their children to the hospital for medical attention.