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Are you malnourished?

  • Kundhavi Kadiresan
    Kundhavi Kadiresan

    Assistant director-general and regional representative for Asia and the Pacific, at the Food and Agriculture Organization

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Bangkok   /   Wed, October 16, 2019   /  01:09 pm
Are you malnourished? The word “malnutrition” tends to invoke images of starving children in refugee camps, fleeing conflict or drought in lands faraway. While that image does reflect a reality of hunger, it does not solely define malnutrition nor those who suffer from it. (Shutterstock/-)

The word “malnutrition” tends to invoke images of starving children in refugee camps, fleeing conflict or drought in lands faraway. While that image does reflect a reality of hunger, it does not solely define malnutrition nor those who suffer from it. Certainly, with more than 820 million hungry people in the world, most of them living in our Asia-Pacific region, undernourishment is definitely a huge problem and one that has stubbornly vexed attempts to crack. But there are other malnutrition phantoms in our midst and these are probably lurking closer to your own home than you might realize. Waistlines of men and women have been expanding in recent decades and there are now more than 2 billion overweight adults in the world — while 670 million of them are obese. More than 120 million children and teens are also defined as obese. What we eat, of course, defines ...

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