Obesity is becoming a global problem. This was stated today by the Head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, speaking to the governing Council of the organization.

"We can no longer fight only hunger. Sustainable development goal number 2 is to eliminate all forms of malnutrition. There are more and more people arount the world, who suffer from  overweight and obesity"  - Graziano da Silva said.

"If hunger is usually prevalent in certain regions, obesity exist everywhere" - he added.

According to FAO, obesity rates worldwide have almost tripled since 1975, which in turn has led to an increase in the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.

On the website of the organization you can find a full selection of recommendations on healthy eating in all countries of the world. The main recommendation of nutritionists is to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Experts also remind of the need to drink a lot of water, not to abuse alcohol and salt, as well as reduce the consumption of fats and foods and drinks with a high sugar content.

José Graziano da Silva reminded of a number of upcoming events this year, including seminars on balanced nutrition.

On Thursday, candidates for the post of FAO General-Director, Ramesh Chand from India, David Kirvalidze from Georgia, Ku Dongyu from China and Catherine Geslin-Lanel from France will address the Council. The new head of the Organization will be appointed to this post for a period of four years – from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2023 – with the possibility of extension for another term.


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