A recent global nutrition report says that although the world is fighting obesity, there are hundreds of millions of people that are malnourished at the same time. Malnutrition simple means bad nutrition, and the typical Western diet is overloaded with sugar, salt, and cholesterol (processed foods) instead of the nutrient packed foods seen in the produce aisle at the grocery store.
Malnutrition can occur in children suffering from starvation as well, and usually manifests itself in a person as being too thin and not growing fast enough. It can also mean that you are overweight and have high blood sugar levels, which leads to diabetes. This recent report says that the number of children under 5 who are overweight is fast approaching the number who are underweight.
The co-chairman of the study says that “we must all claim this as unacceptable”, and calls for more money and political commitment to address the problem. The report claims that for every $1 spent on proven nutrition programs, $16 of benefits are gained.