The 2016 Global Nutrition Report warns on rising malnutrition worldwide

The 2016 Global Nutrition Report was released on June 14th. It sheds light on one of the world’s biggest health challenges: malnutrition. Nowadays, it affects directly one in three people worldwide in its two main forms, undernutrition and obesity.

Figures show that 2 out of 3 countries made no progress at all in applying the World Health Organization Recommendations over the last years to tackle it, and that dedicated policies and programmes are often not properly implemented.

We’re far from done addressing undernutrition. But governments and donors now also have to cope with the threat that nutrition-related non-communicable diseases and obesity pose to improving global health and development. One in 12 people globally have diabetes now, and nearly 2 billion people are obese or overweight. We must stem the tide” said Professor Corinna Hawkes, co-chair of the report and director of the Centre for Food Policy at City University in London*.

Hence the report authors’ call for all actors of the society to urgently take action: “Ending malnutrition is ultimately a political choice that leaders from governments, donors, civil society organizations, and businesses at international, national, and subnational levels need to take”.


City University is a partner organization of the FOOD programme, Professor Martin Caraher being a member of its External Advisory Board.

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