World Food Day is not just achieving zero hunger, it’s also about nourishing ourselves through healthy sustainable diets!
It all begins when you start thinking about what you eat!
Unfortunately in recent decades, we have dramatically changed our diets and eating habits as a result of globalisation, urbanisation and income growth.
Instead of eating seasonally healthy food we’ve moved to diets high in refined starches, salt, sugar and processed foods. Increasingly popular is relying on supermarkets and takeaway for meals rather than preparing meals at home.
This hasn’t done us any favours with obesity rates soaring not only in developed countries but also in low-income countries where surprisingly hunger and obesity coexist. Over 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys (5-19 years) are obese, and over 40 million children under 5 are overweight while over 820 million people suffer from hunger.
Obesity and malnutrition affect nearly one in three people worldwide. At this rate the projections suggest that number will rise to one in two by 2025. The good news is that there are some very practical affordable solutions to this issue if we are committed to action.
So what can I do?
You can make some simple lifestyle choices such as:
- Eat in company and cook at home. It’s good for your health!
- Learn to read labels
- Be a critical consumer and don’t let packaging or advertising sway you
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes everyday
- Ask for healthier meal choices at work and local schools and clubs
- Talk to people, share your knowledge and respect for food