Obese and Malnourished

Malnourished child

Sunday, while waiting for my daughter to awaken, I was reading articles about healthy eating from around the world. Its not a problem just in the US anymore.

We are malnourished.

From Rome – http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2015/5/2015-05-06-oped-healthydiets-cls.html

A modern paradox is that many countries – including developing countries – suffer from undernourishment on the one hand, and obesity and diet-related diseases on the other. And while FAO’s chief concern is to eradicate hunger in this world, we cannot separate food security from nutrition. FAO – together with our U.N. agencies – considers food and nutrition security a basic human right.

In all cases, the cost of malnutrition goes beyond the health of the individual: it affects society as a whole in terms of public health costs and loss of productivity, and, therefore, is an issue that must be addressed through public and coordinated action.

Last year’s Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), organised jointly by FAO and WHO, sent a clear message in that direction. The two outcome documents of ICN2, the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action that commit world leaders to establishing national policies aimed at eradicating malnutrition and making nutritious diets available to all.

A key message from ICN2 is: governments have a central role to play in creating a healthy food environment to enable people to adopt healthy dietary practices. Yes, it is consumers who choose what to eat, but it is the government’s role to provide the enabling environment that encourages and makes healthy choices possible.

José Graziano da Silva is the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO),

 

Its hard to wrap your head around, isn’t it? With as much food as we consume, we are malnourished. We are worse off than indiginouis tribes living in the rainforests.

How can that be?

What most people are eating is not real food. What people are feeding their kids every day is not real food.

Here, we have a choice. We can be malnourished or not. Our kids can be malnourished or not.

What is your choice?

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