What Is Hunger?

The definition of hunger is:

  • A craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient.
  • An uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food
  • A weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food

When you are hungry and there is no food available, your body starts to feed on itself. It feeds on your own fat and body tissues. If you don’t eat for long period of time, you will eventually lose about 50 percent of your body weight and your skin becomes thin, stiff and pale. You are always cold and your hair becomes dry and sparse and eventually falls out. After about eight to 12 weeks without food, you starve to death.

This an extreme version of hunger and most people in our country will never experience this, but people who are chronically hungry do experience undernourishment. The human effects are a lack of energy and the inability to think clearly. Children who are undernourished have a hard time studying and learning. They also may develop more slowly than other children. Unfortunately, this also leads to weakened immune systems and chronic illness.

For more information about hunger and homelessness, please visit: Nevada Department of Education


Food for Thought, Carson City NV shared Southwest Gas Corporation's photo. ...

Because one hungry child is one too many. That’s the motto of Food for Thought, Carson City NV, which has been discreetly and directly providing weekly bags of food for the neediest youth in the Carson City School District since 2006. The program ensures children have food to make it through each weekend during the school year. Southwesters in Carson City, Nev., proudly support Food for Thought through our employee giving program, FUEL for LIFE.

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