Hunger is the Latest US Measure to Reach a Record High

According to UN officials roughly one billion people, or 1 in 6 worldwide, are wrestling with hunger. With the downturn in the economy the US, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, isn’t faring any better.

Data collected for 2008 shows that one out of every six Americans, for a total of 49 million people, “went hungry or had insufficient food at some point in 2008, the highest number since the government began tracking the problem in 1995.”

The report from the US Department of Agriculture surveyed 44,000 US households. It also found a 45 percent increase over 2007 in the number of people who “went hungry or did not eat regularly for a few days of each month over seven or eight months.”

Despite the ongoing bear market rally, the real economy is in turmoil. When the current asset bubble bursts the hardship Americans face could get much worse.

More details are available from USA Today in a wake up call about hunger in America.