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Malnutrition, Obesity Continue To Increase In Latin America, Caribbean, U.N. Report Shows

U.N. News: Hunger and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean compounded by inequality: U.N. report
“For the third consecutive year, the number of those chronically hungry has increased in Latin America and the Caribbean, while 250 million — 60 percent of the regional population — are obese or overweight, representing the biggest threat to nutritional health, said the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch of the 2018 Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security report in Santiago, Chile, FAO’s Regional Representative Julio Berdegue said it was an ‘appalling’ threat to health overall, affecting women and indigenous groups the most…” (11/7).

UPI: U.N. report: Obesity growing ‘uncontrollably’ in Latin America
“…About 3.9 million, or 7.3 percent of, Latin American and Caribbean children are affected by obesity, topping the global average of 5.6 percent, the report said. … Undernourishment also continues to be a problem, as well as access to water, schools, sanitation services, and health care, added Carissa Etienne, a World Health Organization representative. ‘We must advance access to universal health care,’ she said…” (Pipoli, 11/7).

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