Herbalife Nutrition Explains What Is Hidden Hunger and Why Good Nutrition Is Essential to Fight It
When you are deficient in a specific micronutrient, say vitamin D or magnesium, your brain does not get that same clear signal. This form of hunger – known as hidden hunger or micronutrient deficiency – is often ignored or overshadowed by hunger related to energy deficits.
According to the Global Hunger Index: The Challenge of Hidden Hunger, more than two billion people are suffering from hidden hunger or micronutrient deficiency. Often overlooked and difficult to detect, micronutrient deficiency weakens the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and can even lead to death.
Malnutrition, like hunger, can be hidden in plain sight, as undernourishment may overlap with obesity. Our bodies might not be starving due to a lack of calories, but due to a lack of essential micronutrients.
Nutrition is key to human well-being. Micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals are as essential as macronutrients such as protein, fat, and carbohydrates because of the role they play in supporting our overall health.
As the international community has committed to ending hunger, achieving food security, and improved nutrition by 2030, food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of poverty and bring hunger down to zero.
Through Herbalife Nutrition’s Nutrition for Zero Hunger (NFZH) initiative, they are partnering with leading organizations, such as Feed the Children and The Hunger Project who act as driving forces to improve food security and nutrition.