Nearly half of the world’s population is undernourished or overweight | Abroad


The GNR has been published every year since 2014. Several countries and organizations, such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), support the report. Based on current developments, the world will fail eight of the WHO’s nine goals by 2025.

Some of the people who suffer from nutrition-related health problems do not get enough food with sufficient nutrients. Another part eats too much unhealthy food. As a result, 40 percent of the adult world population is overweight, that is 2.2 billion people.

A lack of nutrients can lead to children who are much too thin or children who do not grow enough. More than 45 million children in the world are underweight, according to the report. 150 million children under the age of five are too small due to a lack of nutrients. 40 million children are said to be overweight.

For the first time, the GNR pays extensive attention to the eating habits of the world’s population. Countries where few nutrients are available must receive help so that fruit and vegetables are also available there. To achieve the minimum goals, at least 4 billion dollars (3.55 billion euros) is needed, the report states.

Changing eating habits

Overweight is particularly common in rich countries, according to the report, because too many unhealthy foods such as red meat, dairy products and sugary drinks are consumed there. Eating habits have to change there, the report says. That would also benefit CO2 emissions, the GNR points out. In 2018, food production was responsible for 35 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating less meat and fewer dairy products in particular can help.

“Preventable deaths from malnutrition have increased by 15 percent since 2010” and now account for “a quarter of all adult deaths,” the group’s chairman told the French news agency AFP. “The global results show that our diets have not improved over a decade and are therefore a major threat to the health of people and the planet.”


Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.

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