World Food Day – time to reflect on hunger and obesity

WORLD FOOD DAY 2010

While opening wordpress to post this blog I noticed a post from ‘childhood obesity news’ -such is the situation  on World Food Day.In 2009, the critical threshold of one billion hungry people in the world was reached in part due to soaring food prices and the financial crisis, a “tragic achievement in these modern days”, according to FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. One billion people hungry yet consider the rise and effects of childhood obesity through over-eating:

The cases of child obesity are increasing day by day. There are proven research results to ratify this statement. According to one survey, the number of obese children has doubled during the period of last three decades. Being overweight does not only mean to be over in size but it has certain complications attached to it. The succeeding information will make you understand the facts of Childhood obesity.

  • There is alarming increase in the number of children and adolescents developing Type-2 Diabetes (also termed as adult-onset diabetes) due to being overweight.
  • The high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure, that are some of the main risk factors for development of heart diseases, are found in most of the obese children.
  • Sleep Apnea (interruption of breath while sleeping) is considered as the most severe problem faced by obese children.  In rare cases, this sleep apnea may lead to other problems like difficulty in learning and memory.
  • Obese children are on higher risk of developing, liver diseases, orthopedic problems and asthma.
  • More than 70% obese adolescents retain their overweight and obese condition even during their adulthood.

Lets get back to the billion going hungry today:

State of Food Insecurity in the World

Food and Agriculture Organization, UN)

Following more than a decade of seemingly inexorable increases in the number of undernourished people, estimates for 2010 presented in this edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the Worldshow a slight glimmer of hope, with the first fall since 1995. But that still leaves nearly a billion people going hungry, and it is too early to know if this is the beginning of a downward trend or merely a momentary dip in the number of undernourished.This year, The State of Food Insecurity in the World focuses on countries in protracted crisis, where levels of undernourishment are estimated to be at almost 40 percent. In these settings, FAO and WFP call for official assistance to refocus attention on longer-term solutions by aiming to achieve sustained improvements in the productive capacity of vulnerable countries and strengthening their resilience to shocks, whilst continuing to support life saving and livelihoods protection activities.

To read a summary of the report, click here.

 

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