Health and nutrition
Food is not enough. Nutritious food is the new normal. With the double burden of malnutrition, more than 2.3 billion people around the world are affected by under-or over-nutrition, according to the World Health Organization. In 2015, for example, 600 million people were obese. Poor nutrition continues to cause nearly half of deaths in children under five, while childhood overweight and obesity is increasing in emerging economies at a rate 30% faster than in developed nations. It’s no longer about food security. It’s about nutrition security.
The United Nations global agenda for prosperity by 2030, expressed as 17 Sustainable Development Goals, includes two goals (Zero Hunger and Good Health and Wellbeing) that represent this complex relationship between food and nutrition. Clearly, those who are hungry must have enough to eat. But only nutritious calories will support their good health. Similarly, overweight and obese populations must curb the amount of no- or low-nutrition calories they consume to protect their health and live productive lives.