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FAO concerned about hunger, obesity and overweight

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According to the United Nations for Food, today, 805 million people suffer from hunger and at the same time, about 500 million are obese and 1,500 million are overweight

The problem of developing countries is now not only hunger, but also obesity, warned the director general of the FAO, the Brazilian Graziano da Silva.

"Many developing countries, especially middle-income, now they have to fight simultaneously against hunger and obesity," he said in an interview published on Thursday the newspaper Corriere Della Sera.

"Today, 805 million people suffer from hunger and at the same time, about 500 million are obese and he and a half billion are overweight," he said.

He noted that to date 63 developing countries have achieved, and in some cases even exceeded the goal of halving hunger.

"I personally had the pleasure of 'reward' to Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam, who have achieved these results," he said.

Governments in Africa and Latin America, he added, have proposed an even more ambitious goal: the complete elimination of hunger by 2025, an effort that FAO fully supported.

Compared with the period 1990-1992, "the incidence of hunger in the world population has diminished by 40%, from 18.7 to 11.3," he said.

In the same period, over 200 million people have left hungry but still suffer 805 million. "Our motto is Zero Hunger Challenge" he added.

He charged that "today one third of the food sold in our cities is pulled, and with it all the water, energy and the elements used to produce it."

"A dull waste that has devastating consequences on natural resources. It Wasting food, soil, energy, is a luxury we can no longer give us," he said.