Asked in HealthHistory of the United States
How many people die from starvation each year in America?
January 13, 2011 1:34AM
According to the World Health Organization, 120 Americans died from "lack of food" in 2004.
Starvation rates in the United States are generally not recorded due to the relative infrequency of the occurrence. Generally speaking, most people do not starve to death in America as a result of lack of access to food. A combination of government food programs and private charities help to ensure this. However, Americans do have a serious problem with malnutrition. Starvation (that is, death due to lack of food) in America, in the relatively rare instances that it does occur, is not usually an indication of poverty but rather a variety of other social issues.