Orange is the Color of Hunger Awareness

October has been a month of powerful messages. Besides breast cancer awareness, it has also been hunger awareness month but you probably didn’t notice. October 16 was “World Food Day” founded and sponsored by the World Health Organization. Hunger and malnutrition remain significant public health issues in many parts of the world.

But here is something that may surprise you: 1 in 6 adults living (and many working) in the United States experience food insecurity: not having sufficient financial or other resources to obtain enough food for themselves or their families. And yet, 2 of 3 adults and 1 of 3 children and adolescents are considered obese; often the same food-insecure individuals and families.


The purpose of Food Day in the United States is to draw attention to the hunger issues in our own nation, support community gardening and sustainable agriculture, promote nutrition and food education in our schools, and to encourage all Americans to “Eat Real”.

When an adult or child does not consistently eat adequate amounts of calories on a daily basis, the metabolism over time favors storage rather than burning those calories for fuel. Just because a child is overweight does not mean that he/she is well-nourished. Only when a child is routinely underfed does he/she exhibit weight loss and the stick-thin appearance we have come to identify with malnutrition.

I could have written about this prior to the day and give some additional exposure. But hunger exists every day for the food insecure. Lindsay and I held a food drive for the local food pantry at the hospital where we both work. What can you do to be a part of the solution?

Post by Nadine


About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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1 Response to Orange is the Color of Hunger Awareness

  1. amazingopportunitiesnresources says:

    This is very sad, but true. We need to work together to solve the hunger problems in our world. For something regular people, including you, can do to help lessen the effects of malnutrition, visit and check out our post on hunger. You can change the world! Take advantage of this impressive opportunity!


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