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The new Global Nutrition Report says all country leaders must take urgent action to end malnutrition in all its forms – with a particular focus on stunting, wasting, adult obesity and Type 2 diabetes
Global nutrition report

Launched in 2014 and driven by the aim to build greater commitment to improved nutrition in all countries, the Global Nutrition Report provided the world’s first comprehensive summary and scorecard on both global and country level progress on all forms of nutrition for 193 countries

The latest edition of this cornerstone publication was released on 22 September in New York.

The 2015 report not builds and reflects on new opportunities, actions, progress, accountability, and data for nutrition, but also shines a light on nutrition’s capacity to drive change or block progress.

Focusing on interventions for globally-sustainable, nutrition-led policies, new findings and recommendations introduced in the report include:

  • The critical relationship between climate change and nutrition
  • A focus on the roles of business and how it can play a pivotal role
  • Fresh data covering all forms of malnutrition – from under nutrition in young children to nutrition-related non-communicable diseases in adults, and from stunting to obesity

Among other key findings, the report notes not only that one in three members of the global population is malnourished, but also that the problem exists in every country.

However, it says, the high-impact interventions available to resolve it are not being implemented due to lack of money, skills, or political pressure.  

“When one in three of us is held back, we as families, communities, and nations cannot move forward,” said Lawrence Haddad, lead author of the study and senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). 

“This not only jeopardizes the lives of those who are malnourished, but also affects the larger framework for economic growth and sustainable development,” he says.

According to the report, childhood stunting and wasting remain serious problems, with more stunting impacting more than 160 million children worldwide under five years of age, and wasting another 50 million, while the prevalence of adult obesity is rising globally.

To read The Global Nutrition Report 2015, please click HERE.