World Food Day 2019: Theme, Motive and eye-opening figures

Ankit Kumar
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Theme for World Food Day 2019 is “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World”

World Food Day 2019: This day is celebrated across the globe by several organizations which are concerned with food such as – the World  Food Program, International Fund for Agricultural Development etc. This day is marked to generate awareness globally for people who suffer from hunger and to ensure the importance of nutritious diets and food security for all. The main focus is to recognize that the food is the basic and fundamental right for humans.

One of its aims is to liberate the world from poverty, starvation and malnutrition and also spread awareness about the condition of the starving people.

United Nations believes that if every country unites in the field of hunger reduction and agriculture, then the problems of the food grains from across the world will be eradicated.

Theme for the World Food Day 2019

Theme for this year’s World Food Day has been decided “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World” by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation. The focus is to notice the change in dietary habits of people in last few the years.

The movement from seasonal, mainly plant- based and fiber-rich dishes to foods that are rich in sugar, fats, starches, salt, processed food, meat and other animal-source products has become a serious cause of obesity in people. The combination of sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets has left the sent obesity soaring not just in developed countries but also in low-income countries. An unhealthy diet is the leading risk factor for deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers.

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World in Numbers

According to FAO, more than 670 million adults and 120 million boys and girls (5-19 years) are obese. The other data suggests that over 40 million children under 5 years of age are overweight, while over 820 million people are suffering from hunger.

India in Numbers

Union Minister of State for Health, Faggan Singh Kulaste has told in parliament this year that more than 93 lakhs children in India are suffering from severe malnutrition. A report suggests that more than 21% of the children in the country are malnourished. Rural ares in the country are getting 500 fewer calories, 5 miligrams of iron, 13 grams of less protein, 500 milligrams of less vitamin A and 250 milligrams of calcium as compared to 1975-79.  Around 23% of the total hungry people across the world live in India.

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