672m People Affected Globally As Obesity Rises In Africa
In 2015, 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults worldwide were obese, according to a wide-scale study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at a conference in Stockholm. © AFP/File Tim SLOAN

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned over what it described as the  “fastest rising incidences of obesity in African”, noting that an estimated 672 million people are affected globally.

Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of FAO, said this at the 160th session of the FAO Council in Rome, citing the “2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” report.

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The FAO  Director-General said that “obesity affects around 672 million people, with Africa increasing faster than any other region.”

Da Silva noted that more than two billion people globally suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

He added that “obesity affects millions of people, and several billion suffer from diseases caused by vitamin- or mineral-deficient diets, known as micronutrient deficiencies.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United Nations’ agriculture chief, therefore, called for “transformative changes to our food systems.

His words: “The coexistence of under-nutrition, obesity and micro-nutrient deficiencies – what we know as the triple burden of malnutrition – is spreading and affecting almost every country in the world.

“The international community needs to urgently address this situation by promoting transformative change in our food systems.

“Our Zero Hunger Goal is not just about feeding people, but also providing everyone with the necessary nutrients for a healthy life.”