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UN Reports 'Tragic Data' on World Hunger

10% of the global population is undernourished, research shows

(Newser) - The United Nations on Monday lamented a "dramatic worsening" of world hunger last year, saying much of that is likely connected to the pandemic, and it urged billions of dollars to save millions of people from starving. A report issued jointly by five UN agencies said hunger outpaced population...

Bolsonaro: I Might Send Army Into the Streets

President says local pandemic lockdowns are worsening hunger in Brazil

(Newser) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has suggested that the army might be called into the streets to restore order if lockdown measures against COVID-19 that he opposes lead to chaos. In a television interview Friday night with TV Criticia in the Amazon city of Manaus, Bolsonaro repeated his frequent criticism of...

Here's Who Paid $4.5M for a Lunch With Warren Buffett

That's a record as the 'Oracle of Omaha' continues to raise money for GLIDE

(Newser) - This is the 20th year Warren Buffett has auctioned off a "power lunch" with himself, and the winning bid set a record at more than $4.5 million. The billionaire investor started doing the auctions at a live charity event for GLIDE , a foundation that helps the homeless in...

What Freshman 15? A Third of College Kids Go Hungry

New survey finds hunger is a growing, mostly hidden problem on college campuses

(Newser) - The popular myth that college students gain weight during their freshman year is decidedly untrue for a significant portion of the college population. A new survey finds that 36% of college students in the US don't get enough to eat, the Washington Post reports. The survey, carried out by...

Venezuela's Children Are Starving
Kids Are Starving in
This Once-Rich Nation
longform

Kids Are Starving in This Once-Rich Nation

'New York Times' is out with a disturbing look at rampant malnutrition in Venezuela

(Newser) - "Never in my life had I seen so many hungry children." And that comment from a pediatrician in Venezuela crystallizes a disturbing investigative piece by the New York Times on how the nation's economic collapse is taking a devastating toll on kids. The newspaper tracked 21 public...

10 Neediest US Cities
10 Neediest US Cities

10 Neediest US Cities

Detroit and Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - A new survey by WalletHub crunches economic data on more than 180 US cities to rank them in terms of neediness. More specifically, the ranking takes into account factors such as child poverty, hunger, and uninsured rates, then bestows an overall score (the lower the better). The 10 neediest cities:...

Man Runs Tiny Food Pantry From His Front Lawn

'Blessing Box' is available for those who need it, at any time

(Newser) - The hungry people in Watertown, NY, have a front yard they can visit for food. Roman Espinoza has set up a tiny food pantry on his lawn; he calls it a "Blessing Box" and people can either donate items or take them if they need them. "There's...

Surprise: Salty Diet May Make You Drink Less
Surprise: Salty Diet May
Make You Drink Less
new study

Surprise: Salty Diet May Make You Drink Less

Study could have implications for astronauts headed to Mars

(Newser) - An international team of scientists studying the effects of salt intake on our bodies has discovered a surprise: High-salt diets seem to make us less thirsty over time. Reporting in the Journal of Clinical Investigation , they confirm previous findings that more salt makes humans pee more, but added "seemingly...

Tiny Invader Threatens Food Staple in Africa

Fall armyworm is wiping out maize crops

(Newser) - Still reeling from a severe drought, Zimbabwe is now on the brink of going hungry as an invasive pest wreaks havoc on the staple crop maize. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports that seven of the country's eight provinces have been hit by the fall armyworm, and as...

Bad News: Booze Gives You the Munchies, Too
Bad News: Booze Gives
You the Munchies, Too
NEW STUDY

Bad News: Booze Gives You the Munchies, Too

At least it does in lab mice

(Newser) - You might hear your stomach rumbling, telling you to fill it with something tasty, but the actual impulse to eat originates in the brain. Now researchers studying the brain cells responsible—called agouti-related protein (AgRP) neurons—say that alcohol activates them, thereby triggering the urge to eat even though alcohol...

The Skinny on Sweet Potatoes Is 'Promising'
New Weight-Loss Aid:
Sweet Potato Wastewater?
STUDY SAYS

New Weight-Loss Aid: Sweet Potato Wastewater?

Mice lost weight after consuming it in new study

(Newser) - Tired of Thanksgiving weight gain? Next year you might want to pass on the sweet potato pie and drink a tall glass of sweet potato wastewater instead. That's what a new study in the Heliyon journal hints at with what Modern Farmer says "might be the weirdest weight-loss...

Hungry Teens in US Turn to Sex Work: Report

Urban Institute says study paints a 'really disturbing picture' about teen poverty

(Newser) - Hunger is forcing some teens in low-income communities across the US into the sex trade, according to a report by the Urban Institute . The authors looked at poor teens in 10 communities across the nation and found that, in most of them, girls turn to "selling their body" and...

Being Tired May Make You Snack Like a Pot Smoker

When sleep-deprived, brain may release more of chemical that keeps you snacking

(Newser) - If you've wondered why you nosh like crazy after a night of tossing and turning, scientists think they've figured it out: Your brain may compensate for the lack of sleep by releasing chemicals similar to those that pot smokers breathe in, resulting in the tired person's version...

Way to a Woman's Heart Is Through Stomach, Kind Of

People tend to be more sensitive to reward stimuli when hungry, but not in this case

(Newser) - It's long been said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but new research suggests that this is true for women, too—though with a twist. In a study published in the journal Appetite , researchers at Drexel University report that women's brains are...

The World Has Gotten a Lot Less Hungry


 The World Has 
 Gotten a Lot 
 Less Hungry 
UN REPORT

The World Has Gotten a Lot Less Hungry

In 25 years, number of hungry has dropped by 21.4%, while population grows

(Newser) - The awful news is that hundreds of million of people go hungry; the good news, contained in a UN report out today, is that that number is no longer 1 billion. In 1990, some 1.01 billion people worldwide qualified as undernourished, or "unable to consume enough food for...

Why Hungry People Want More Binder Clips
Why Hungry People
Want More Binder Clips
new study

Why Hungry People Want More Binder Clips

Study's name says it all: 'Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects'

(Newser) - You probably know that walking into a grocery store on an empty stomach is unwise. Now a new study suggests walking into a mall while hungry is just as bad—at least for your wallet. The study's title sums up the finding: "Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects....

New Powder Supplement Can Make You Feel Full
New Powder Supplement
Can Make You Feel Full
study says

New Powder Supplement Can Make You Feel Full

Scientists think it could someday be added to a variety of foods

(Newser) - Scientists say they've concocted a chemical that can be added to food to make people feel full and thus eat less, reports the BBC . In two small but promising studies, researchers found that people who consumed food with the powder—called inulin-propionate ester, or IPE—gained less weight than...

Docs Stumped by Boy Who's Never Hungry, Thirsty
Docs Stumped by Boy Who's Never Hungry, Thirsty
in case you missed it

Docs Stumped by Boy Who's Never Hungry, Thirsty

Landon Jones' case may be unique

(Newser) - A year ago, Landon Jones, 12, suddenly lost his desire to eat and drink—and it hasn't come back. The case remains a mystery, and possibly unique, says a Mayo Clinic doctor. One day, the Des Moines Register reports, Landon had a normal appetite; the next, he woke up...

Why You Should Gamble Before You Chow Down

Hungry people might make better long-term decisions, researchers say

(Newser) - You know not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. But making complex decisions while your stomach's rumbling? Go for it, Utrecht University researchers say, claiming that hungry people might delay gratification and make better long-term choices, Pacific Standard reports. A study published in PLoS One conducted three...

How WWII Researchers Starved Men in Minnesota

Scientists wanted to see effects of limited food

(Newser) - With those in occupied territories during World War II facing the threat of starvation, American researchers sought to learn more about the effects of limited food—by starving their own subjects. "Will you starve that they be better fed?" asked a volunteer-seeking brochure showing children on its cover. Hundreds...

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