Achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 is not only about feeding the hungry

It's World Food Day

World Food Day promotes worldwide awareness and action for:

  • Those who suffer from hunger
  • The need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. U

Unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles have seen obesity rates soar, not only in developed countries but also low-income countries, where hunger and obesity often exist side by side. While over 800 million people suffer from hunger, over 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys (5–19) are obese and over 40 million children under five are overweight.

This year, #WorldFoodDay calls for action across areas to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start thinking about what we eat.

What can we do at home, in government and in the workplace?

  • Limit our consumption of foods that are high in salt, sugar and trans and saturated fats and make healthy eating and #ZeroHunger a part of your daily lives.
  • Governments can invest in nutrition and put the right policies in place to provide healthier and sustainable diets at an affordable price. These polices can help smallholders and farmers diversify production and contribute to sustainable food systems, educate the public  and guide interventions such as school food and nutrition, food assistance, public food procurement and regulations on food marketing, labelling and advertising.
  • Larger organisations can promote healthy diets for employees by offering nutritional counselling, courses, talks, publications on nutrition or gym memberships to staff, or building onsite fitness centres and recreation areas. Duradiamond Healthcare can offer strategic, practical advice and services on these areas.
  • Smaller businesses can review the food choices offered in onsite cafeterias, encourage staff to exercise during breaks or even request that nutritious foods are available in vending machines. Duradiamond Healthcare can offer strategic, practical advice and services on these areas.
  • Organisations and individuals can make a commitment to healthy diets. WFD 2019 is an action oriented campaign so start by taking a pledge for healthy diets and Zero Hunger, and share it on social media (using #WorldFoodDay and #ZeroHunger).

Raw facts

  • Over 150 million children under five are stunted and over 50 million are affected by wasting.
  • Unhealthy diets, combined with sedentary lifestyles, have overtaken smoking as the world’s number one risk factor for disability and death worldwide.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kill more people than hunger.
  • Different forms of malnutrition can co-exist within the same household and even the same individual during their life and can be passed from one generation to the next.
  • An estimated USD two trillion is spent each year to treat health problems caused by obesity.
  • Billions of people lack the nutrients their bodies need to lead an active and healthy life. • Environmental damage caused by the food system could increase 50 to 90 percent, due to the increased consumption of processed foods, meat and other animal-source products in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Of some 6 000 plant species cultivated for food throughout human history, today only eight supply more than 50 percent of our daily calories. We need to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods.
  • Climate change threatens to reduce both the quality and quantity of crops, lowering yields. Rising temperatures are also exacerbating water scarcity, changing the relationship between pests, plants and pathogens and altering the size of fish.

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