Monday, December 16, 2019

Processed food and sugar have become so widespread that obesity and malnutrition are now inseparable (Hilary Brueck)
,INSIDER•December 15, 2019

People around the world are growing big bellies while their bodies hunger for sustenance.

A new Lancet report on this "Double Burden of Malnutrition" says that never before have these two debilitating nutrition issues — undernutrition and obesity — been so commonly found together in the same country, home, or even person. But that's exactly what's happened "due to very rapid changes in the food system."

Much of the problem stems from the global availability of processed foods. These foods, which have been accompanied by skyrocketing obesity rates in rich and middle income countries for decades, are now traveling into the homes of some of the world's poorest people.

They are making everyone fatter, but not necessarily more full of nutrients. And they have health consequences for generations of mothers and their babies.


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