Let Plants be Thy Medicine – You Are What You Eat

Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Esther Ngumbi and Ifeanyi NsoforILLINOIS, United States / ABUJA, Oct 16 2019 (IPS) United Nations World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16 under the theme: “Our Actions ARE Our Future. Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World”. This theme is timely, especially, because across Africa and around the world, there has been a gradual rise in malnutrition and diet-related non communicable diseases, as highlighted in The Lancet study and a United Nations Report published earlier this year. While 45 percent of deaths in children are from nutrition-related causes, mainly malnutrition, diet-related non communicable diseases like obesity is a fast-growing problem across the world causing low- and middle-income countries to face a double burden of malnutrition. Globally, non-communicable diseases kill the most people every year. Based on 2016 data, out of 56.9 million deaths, 40.5 million were due to non-communicable diseases (30.5 million were in developing countries). Diabetes, one of the complications of obesity led to 1.6 million deaths. While 45 percent of deaths in children are from nutrition-related causes, mainly malnutrition, diet-related non communicable diseases like obesity is a fast-growing problem across the world causing low- and middle-income countries to face a double burden of malnutrition Obesity is ubiquitous – every country is dealing with this pande...
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Source: Acta Clinica Croatica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Clin Croat Source Type: research
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Source: Acta Clinica Croatica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Clin Croat Source Type: research
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Source: Acta Clinica Croatica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Clin Croat Source Type: research
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Source: Acta Clinica Croatica - Category: General Medicine Tags: Acta Clin Croat Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Food Composition and Analysis - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
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