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Hunger and Obesity on the Rise in Latin America, UN Food Body Warns

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October 11, 2017

The FAO said tackling rising obesity, a form of malnutrition, in the region is a main concern (Agence France-Presse)

Hunger is on the rise in six Latin American countries, with about 42.5 million people starving in the region, according to the annual report issued on Wednesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.

After decades of progress to tackle hunger, Latin America recorded in 2016 a 6 percent increase — about more 2.4 million people, according to the Panorama of Food Security and Nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean 2017.

... Haiti recorded the highest rate of hunger in the region with a stunning 47 percent of the population suffering from malnutrition, representing about 5 million people, or two-thirds of the undernourished population in the entire Caribbean region.

However, in Brazil, Cuba and Uruguay less than 2.5 percent of the population is estimated to be undernourished, while in Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago it is below 5 percent.

Another study issued on Wednesday found that the number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia.

Read the rest at teleSUR

Related: Child and Teen Obesity Soars Tenfold Worldwide in 40 Years (Reuters)

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