Hidden Hunger

 Discover What Hidden Hunger is 

Discover What Hidden Hunger is
Hidden Hunger

You Need the Right Nutrients for Your

When I was a kid I loved the game of hide and seek. I counted to 50 while my friends were running and hiding. My role was then to find and catch them. Although they were present, they were simply not seen. The hunger is also like that; it may be present but simply invisible.

When the body does not get enough calories from food, the brain sends a signal to communicate that there is still a need for more food. Your stomach would snarl and you may feel faint. This is what we often think of hunger; it is not hidden from us at all, we feel it and experience it every few hours a day.

But when you're deficient in a particular micronutrient, say, vitamin D or magnesium, your brain doesn't get the same clear signal. This type of hunger—known as hidden hunger or micronutrient deficiency—is often ignored or obscured by food scarcity.

What Hidden Hunger is:

According to the Global Hunger Index: 

The Challenge of Hidden Hunger, a two billion people suffer from hidden hunger or micronutrient deficiency. An often overlooked and undetectable micronutrient deficiency weakens the immune system, inhibits physical and intellectual development, and can even lead to death.

Malnutrition, like hunger, can be hidden in plain sight, as malnutrition can overlap with obesity. Our bodies may not starve to death from a lack of calories, but from a lack of essential micronutrients.

This is important for what is known as the triple weight of ailing health, the concurrence of:

Malnutrition and / or food insecurity: 1 billion people go hungry because they do not get enough food to eat.

Overweight and Obesity: 5 billion people are often overweight because they consume too many empty calories.

Micronutrient deficiency: 3 billion people are undernourished because they lack nutritious food.

Although pregnant women, children and adolescents are often regarded as the most vulnerable people affected by hidden hunger, it can harm people’s health throughout their life cycle.

Overcoming various forms of hunger and malnutrition (including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight and obesity) is not only to ensure that there is enough food to survive.

A healthy diet can ensure that the various diets we eat are rich in essential fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which can prevent malnutrition and promote happiness.

Learn How Your Nutrition Can Help Reduce Hunger 

Discover What Hidden Hunger is
Hidden Hunger

Nutrition is key to human well-being. Micronutrients like vitamins and minerals are as essential as macronutrients like protein, fat, and carbohydrates because of the role they play in supporting our overall health.

Although the body only requires micronutrients such as iron, vitamin A, vitamin D, iodine, folic acid, and zinc in very small amounts, their deficiencies can result in covert or symptoms that are hard to recognize clinically, for example,

  • General fatigue
  • Reduced ability to fight infection
  • Impaired cognitive function, such as loss of attention, concentration and focus, memory, and mood
  • Long-term health implications, such as increasing the risk of chronic diseases.

Eating a healthy, adequate and nutritious diet is essential to combat hidden hunger, but nutrition education also has a role to play in helping people make healthier choices.

Ultimately, understanding the nutritional information available on food labels can help people make smarter food choices, choosing from a variety of foods and beverages that have higher nutrient density throughout the day.

Nutrient density is a measure of the amount of nutrients you get per serving or per calorie ingested. It is an important metric for developing a healthy diet.

By choosing between two foods with the same amount of calories, choosing nutrient-rich foods can provide your body with the protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals we need every day, while low-calorie options in nutrients they can provide empty calories from sugar and saturated fat without other important nutrients.

Discover What Hidden Hunger is
Hidden Hunger

The global impact of our nutrition on the Zero Hunger Initiative

As the international community is committed to eradicating hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition by 2030, food and food-related assistance are at the core of achieving these goals.

Through our Zero Hunger Nutrition Program (NFZH), we have established partnerships with leading organizations, such as the World Food Program, Child Feed and Hunger Program, etc., which are the driving force for improving food security and nutrition.

Globally, we are committed to ensuring that disadvantaged rural communities in China receive good nutrition and support Malaysia’s child education programs to promote healthy food and adapt to the needs of the global food system to cope with growing hunger. We plan to make more people affected by many aspects of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Discover What Hidden Hunger is
Hidden Hunger

The food that people eat at every stage of life must be nutritious. Society, food, education and health systems need to go hand in hand to solve the hidden hunger problem of today and future generations.


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