Ending Hunger, Addressing Obesity Critical To Achieving SDG 2
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Opinion: Bolder actions are needed to eradicate hunger and fight obesity
José Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
“Our food systems are distorted, and unless bolder actions are taken soon to fix them, humanity is at grave risk of increasing hunger, obesity, and diet-related illnesses. It is a stark warning, but one that must be heeded if all countries are to fulfill their commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal number 2 — eradicating hunger and all forms of malnutrition. … The 2019 edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report (SOFI) shows that while the percentage of people in the world who suffer from hunger has remained stable in the last three years, the number of hungry people is still slowly on the rise. More than 820 million people still do not have enough to eat on a daily basis. … At the same time, no region in the world is exempt from the growing pandemic of obesity. It has increased in all regions, particularly among school-age children and adults, and today there are more obese people than hungry people in the world. … Ending hunger is no longer our only big nutrition challenge. Fighting obesity is also fundamental for sustainable development” (7/15).