While remarkable progress has been made globally to reduce rates of hunger and undernutrition during recent decades, malnutrition, in all its forms, continues to impact every country. Virtually all high-income countries are experiencing staggering rates of overweight/obesity, while in many low- and middle-income countries overweight/obesity exists side by side with undernutrition. Malnutrition is a systemic problem. Extensive research supports what we know intuitively – that a simplistic explanation of a ‘lack of willpower’ fails to account for obesity rates reaching one in eight adults globally, and over three times that rate in the USA. Challenges such as lack of access, food insecurity, food environment and policies have created a breeding ground for both undernutrition and obesity that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations around the globe.
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