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FAO: Obesity rates soar due to dramatic global diet shift

17.10.2019 13:16 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of yesterday, World Food Day was celebrated worldwide, UN Radio reports. It is to be admitted, the Day is celebrated annually Oct 16. While marking the Day, FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) called for action to make healthy, sustainable diets affordable and accessible for all. As to FAO, eating food high in starch, sugar, fats and salt; combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is a recipe for soaring global obesity rates, even within countries where many still suffer from hunger. As to FAO, the shift away from seasonal, mainly plant-based and fibre-rich food has occurred in recent decades, as a result of globalization, urbanization and income growth, as busy consumers within urban areas find less time to cook at home, and rely increasingly on fast-food outlets, street food vendors and take-away meals. As well as impacting health, the way that food is currently consumed and produced is having a significant effect on climate change. In meanwhile, as of yesterday, FAO Chief Antonio Guterres told he hopes to convene a major Food Systems Summit as of 2021, as part of the Decade of Action to reach the SDGs.

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