It’s World Food Day 2019! -16th October 2019.

The theme of World Food Day 2019 is “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World”. It focuses on tackling global hunger. Globalization , Urbanization and income growth , our changing diets and habits play leading role.

There is a great shift from seasonal , fiber rich food and plant based food to refined , starches, sugar, fats , salt, processed food, meat , etc . very unhealthy . Urban dwellers rely more on ready made food , supermarkets, fast food , street food, etc.

Due to unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles obesity in people is increasing in developed , low-income countries.

According to FAO, 670 Million adults and 120 million adolescents age group of 5 to 18 years are obese and 40 million children under 5 are overweight while 820 million people suffer from hunger.

A healthy diet meets the nutritional needs of people by providing sufficient, safe , nutritious and diverse food to lead a good life and reduce the risk of diseases.

8 Reasons Why Zero Hunger Changes the World

  1. Zero hunger could save the lives of 3.1 million children a year
  2. Well-nourished mothers have healthier babies with stronger immune systems
  3. Ending child undernutrition could increase a developing country’s GDP by 16.5 percent
  4. A dollar invested in hunger prevention could return between $15 and $139 in benefits
  5. Proper nutrition early in life could mean 46 percent more in lifetime earnings
  6. Eliminating iron deficiency in a population could boost workplace productivity by 20 percent
  7. Ending nutrition-related child mortality could increase a workforce by 9.4 percent
  8. Zero hunger can help build a safer, more prosperous world for everyone

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