Over 820 million people suffer from hunger.
Even more people are overweight and obese.
Healthy diets for a #Zerohunger world
A combination of unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles has sent obesity rates soaring, not only in developed countries, but also low-income countries, where hunger and obesity often co-exist.
- Over 800 million people suffer from hunger,
- Over 670 million adults
- and 120 million girls and boys (5–19) are obese
- and over 40 million children under five are overweight.
Achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 is not only about feeding the hungry, but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. This year, #WorldFoodDay calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start thinking about what we eat.
Calls to action:
- WE ALL need to limit our consumption of foods that are high in salt, sugar and trans and saturated fats and make healthy eating and #ZeroHunger a part of our daily lives.
- GOVERNMENTS need to invest in nutrition and put the right policies in place to provide healthier and sustainable diets at an affordable price.
- SMALLHOLDER FARMERS need to influence the variety of food available by diversifying production and adopting sustainable agricultural methods to preserve natural resources, while also increasing productivity and income.
- PRIVATE FOOD BUSINESSES need to introduce more nutritious foods and adhere to nutrition-related laws and standards regarding the production and sale of foods, reformulation of food products, frontof-package nutrition labels (informing consumers about high levels of total fat, saturated fat, sugar,
or salt), and food marketing and advertising, especially when aimed at children.
World Food Day: Building a Zero Hunger Generation
On October 16, millions of people around the world will gather at marathons, exhibitions, concerts and marches to observe World Food Day. Initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) it is one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar.
More than just a casual series of festivities, World Food Day is organised to bring awareness to how our changing planet affects food production and distribution. Related events explore several topics such as examining how agriculture needs to adapt due to climate change to migration affects food security. The goal of these sessions is to set goals that will eventually lead to building a Zero Hunger Generation.