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Global Community Must Address ‘Paradox’ Of Global Hunger, Obesity

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Global hunger and obesity
Paul Newnham, Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) advocacy hub coordinator at the ‎World Food Programme

“…Why do we see continued hunger and a concurrent rise in people eating too much, and the wrong types of foods? … This paradox is not easily addressed but the future health of our planet and its population is at stake. Changes need to be carried out from household to production level and involve all of the supply chains in between. The co-existence of double and triple burdens of malnutrition calls for integrated action that tackles malnutrition in all its forms: from the causes of obesity to the causes of wasting and stunting. It requires all countries to evaluate and restructure their food systems in their entirety. Laws around food-marketing, educating consumers, and ethical supply chains are just a few areas that must be part of the food discussion in order to build a sustainable, equitable food future for everyone. This is just one of many paradoxes within our food system. Now more than ever we need to engage people more intentionally to effect change…” (1/22).

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