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Two Actions on Global Hunger and Malnutrition
A Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025) has been proclaimed by the United Nations Global Assembly. They call on WHO, FAO, governments, agencies, academia, private industry to work together to eliminate hunger and improve nutrition. In addition, the International Food Policy Research Institute has released the 2016 Global Food Policy Report reviewing changes and trends in food security and how the global food system must be efficient and sustainable while also reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
Global Study on BMI Trends
A new article analyzed BMI trends from 1975 to 2014 in 200 countries and calculated that there is zero probability that global obesity targets, set for 2025, will be met if post-2000 trends continue. Further, the study found that by 2025 that 18% of men and 21% of women globally would be obese. Also of note was the persistence of underweight in parts of Africa and Asia which needs attention as it is associated with increased morbidity, mortality and poor pregnancy outcomes.