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Learn about the Famine

Malnutrition

So what is malnutrition, anyway?

Malnutrition and starvation: what’s the difference?

Malnutrition is when you don’t get enough nutrients. It makes your body more susceptible to disease. The effects build over a long period of time.

Starvation is the extreme, rapid result of severe hunger. If not stopped, it ends in permanent damage or death.

Hold hunger in your hands — a malnutrition activity

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Fill two bags with sand — 15 pounds in the first bag and 30 pounds in the second. The smaller bag represents a malnourished 3-year-old, while the larger bag represents a healthy 3-year-old.

Have students volunteer one by one to pick up each bag. Keep the bags in your youth room and use them to give people perspective on hunger.

BONUS: Use this activity as a fundraiser. Ask for a dollar to heft the bags. Kids will want to see how strong they are, and adults will value it as a teaching moment.

Related:
The number of hungry people in the world may shock you. In fact, it should.
What does hunger actually do to your body?
Just how big is this Famine army of hunger-fighting students?
Where do most hungry people live?
How the funds your group raises actually fight hunger.
People like you helped make big headway against hunger in 2014.