Three Hunger Words You Probably Misuse and Don’t Understand
By Sarah Ford on September 19, 2014
Source: Feed the Children
By Phil Moses
Think about the time you last said that you “loved” a thing in your house like a new mixer or a garage door opener. Or, when you voiced a desire to “collapse” after work when you were just extra tired. Or even when you cried and cried about something that really wasn’t worth tears.
In American culture, we have a tendency to exaggerate how we feel. We love strong and dramatic metaphors. We use words out of context all the time.
We say our ice cream is awesome and so are our mothers. We say we want to kill someone when we’re just slightly annoyed. We say we’re starving because we didn’t eat lunch until 3 pm.
We’re all guilty of such contextual language errors.
When we talk about childhood hunger, many of us are just as guilty of misusing words, or we’re just plain confused. We hear the term food security and wonder, ”Is this about keeping children safe? Or setting security guards around food supplies?” We’re not exactly sure what the difference is between a hungry child and one who is malnourished (though one does seem more severe), or between children who are malnourished and children who are stunted. And if they’re different, are those differences significant?
Feed the Children wants to defeat childhood hunger with advocates like you. To do this, we’re taking some time to define some of these key terms so we can understand each other better and be better advocates.