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  •  The 50,000,000 number is not given (2+ / 0-)
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    JaxDem, psyched

    as "hungry" but as "food insecure" - I am sure that there is some difference between the two terms (perhaps important, perhaps not . .. .).

    From a brief bit of googling, it appears that there IS a substantial difference between the way you use "hunger" and the way it is used globally.

    •  they changed the word about a year or two ago (3+ / 0-)
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      JaxDem, Noddy, psyched

      so that we wouldn't feel like we needed to do anything about it.  There was a diary on it at the time.

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      by Sychotic1 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 06:53:16 AM PST

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      •  Yes, but what is the definition being (0+ / 0-)

        used in this diary?

        It would seem to be different than the Global Hunger Index:

        The GHI combines three equally weighted indicators: 1) the proportion of the undernourished as a percentage of the population; 2) the prevalence of underweight children under the age of five; and 3) the mortality rate of children under the age of five.[8]
        Whereas "food insecurity" seems to mean a whole range (of mostly other) thing:
        The defining characteristic of very low food security is that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members is reduced and their normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources for food. Very low food security can be characterized in terms of the conditions that households in this category typically report in the annual food security survey.

        •99 percent reported having worried that their food would run out before they got money to buy more.
        •97 percent reported that the food they bought just did not last and they did not have money to get more.
        •95 percent reported that they could not afford to eat balanced meals.
        •97 percent reported that an adult had cut the size of meals or skipped meals because there was not enough money for food.
        •91 percent reported that this had occurred in 3 or more months.
        •95 percent of respondents reported that they had eaten less than they felt they should because there was not enough money for food.
        •65 percent of respondents reported that they had been hungry but did not eat because they could not afford enough food.
        •48 percent of respondents reported having lost weight because they did not have enough money for food.
        •27 percent reported that an adult did not eat for a whole day because there was not enough money for food.
        •21 percent reported that this had occurred in 3 or more months.

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        My point being it that there is someone of a leap between the "child starving to death on TV" anecdote provided to illustrate the concept of hunger in America and it's extrapolation to 50,000,000 people.

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