Malnutrition is ruining wellbeing and lives, says FAO in a new report
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization on Tuesday launched its annual publication on the State of Food and Agriculture at the organization’s headquarters in Rome. The report Food systems for better nutrition notes that although some 870 million people were still hungry in the world in 2010-2012, this is just a fraction of the billions of people whose health, wellbeing and lives are ruined by malnutrition. The report said two billion people suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies, while 1.4 billion are overweight, of whom 500 million are obese. FAO said the cost of malnutrition to the global economy in lost productivity and health care costs are "unacceptably high" and could account for as much as 5 percent of the global gross domestic product. The new report further noted that twenty six percent of all children under five are stunted and 31 percent suffer from Vitamin A deficiency. In a recorded statement, FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva denounced the huge social and economic costs of malnutrition and called for resolute efforts to eradicate it as well as hunger in the world.