Who Cares About Yemen´s Starvation?

Every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen due to malnutrition/no food/related diseases. Please try to remember this every time you feel like complaining about minor things.

There are millions of people in this world who would be grateful to have even a tiny slice of what you have, even if you are not rich.

If you have a roof over your head, food to eat every day, clean water, and clothes to wear you are wealthier than most people on this planet.

Please share to spread awareness.

Any comments on this serious issue are more than welcome.

 

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Für diejenigen, die weder Französisch noch Englisch verstehen: in Jemen stirbt alle 10 Minuten ein Kind vor Hunger. Versuch Dich immer daran zu erinnern, bevor Du Dich über etwas beschwerst. Es gibt Millionen von Menschen auf der Erde die glücklich wären, hätten sie nur ein wenig davon was Du hast. Ein Dach über den Kopf, etwas zu essen jeden Tag, sauberes Wasser zu trinken und etwas zum anziehen. Anne-Maria Yritys

Climate Change A Threat To Eradicating Hunger And Malnutrition

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“FAO Strategy on Climate Change. Rome, July 2017. FAO envisions a world free from hunger and malnutrition. Climate change stands to endanger this vision.”

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Not only does the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations envision a world free from hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, but so does every responsible human being on this planet. Nevertheless, and despite of the current overproduction of food, have we so far failed in eradicating hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Instead, we have managed to create additional problems through poor leadership and management practices by actually increasing overweight and obesity in majority of countries today.

We actually have all the necessary knowledge and tools to combat both hunger, malnutrition, poverty, AND, overweight and obesity. This is only a question of rearranging and transforming our societies into places where every human being can blossom, feel loved and nourished, and have access to a healthy life.

In a free society, every individual would have to be personally responsible for his/her own health and well-being, but the world we live in today is far from free. We are not all free to choose what we eat, or how our societies are being led and managed, what is illegal, and what is legal. Therefore, an individual can only be as responsible for his/her personal well-being as is given the opportunity and resources by the surrounding society.

If we continue to treat our planet the way we do today, climate change will further on endanger the livelihood of all species, including us human beings, on Earth. In order to tackle climate change and to create a sustainable, ecological environment, it is necessary for all of us to take action and transform our economies/societies into sustainable places for all living beings.

This means, taking better care of our atmosphere/air quality, taking better care of our water resources, including fresh water resources, taking better care of our soils, and taking better care about nature in general, including our forests.

Thankfully, climate action is today being taken around the world, but we still do have a lot of work ahead of us, including educating people worldwide about climate change, and how to create sustainable living environments for us to live in, and for future generations.

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Virtues And Sins Part VII: Temperance vs. Gluttony

We live in a world affected by gluttony. To be precise, the world is not affected by gluttony, but many of the people living on this planet. This is a fact in many areas of people´s lives, but in this post I am going to focus on nutrition.

According to the WHO, worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980. Today, more than 1.4 billion adults out of 7,2 billion are overweight – nearly 20 % of all people. 35 % of adults aged 20+ were overweight (BMI >25) in 2008, and 11 % were obese (BMI >30). Out of these, 65 % of world population live in countries where overweight and obesity kill more people than underweight.

Furthermore, overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for deaths globally. Each year, almost 3 million adults die due to overweight or obesity in addition to the fact that many diseases, including diabetes, diverse heart diseases and certain cancer burdens are interlinked with obesity.

The cause of overweight and obesity is an energy imbalance between calory consumption and expansion. Worldwide, energy-dense foods high in fat, are increasingly being consumed. Moreover, physical inactivity is becoming more common due to diverse reasons such as increased urbanization. Who is responsible? The individual personally? Or society? WHO´s research indicates that changes in dietary and physical activity patterns are often results of environmental and societal changes associated with development and lack of supportive policies in sectors including health, agriculture, transport, urban planning, environment, food processing, distribution, marketing and education.

Individually people have the possibility to limit energy intake from total fats and sugars (and prefer healthy fats), consume more fruit and vegetables, whole grains and nuts, and exercise regularly.

People must have access to a healthy lifestyle. At a societal level, therefore, people should have the possibility to live in a supportive environment, enabled through sustained political commitment and the collaboration between public and private stakeholders. Physical activity and healthy diets should be available, affordable, and easily accessible to everyone, including the poorest people.

In general, the food industry plays a significant role in the promotion of healthy diets, e.g. by:

– Reducing fat, sugar, and salt contents in processed foods

– Ensuring healthy and nutritious food to be available and affordable to everyone

– Practicing responsible marketing

(Source: WHO. Quoted 17.3.2014).

“Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide”. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Simultaneously to the global overweight and obesity crisis, almost one billion people worldwide are undernourished. Developing countries account for 98 % of the world´s undernourished people. 2/3 of these live in just seven countries: Bangladesh, China, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan, out of which over 40 % live in China and India alone. Sub-Saharan Africa, with its 30 % share, remains highest on the list of undernourished people. Today, Sub-Saharan Africa produces less food per person than it did 30 years ago. The number of undernourished people in the region has more than doubled since 1970.

According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), these numbers indicate a deeper structural problem threatening the ability to achieve internationally agreed goals on worldwide hunger reduction. FAO suggests governments to increase investments in agriculture, expand safety nets, social assistance programmes, and enhance income-generating activities for the poor in rural and urban areas.

Furthermore, the World Food Summit and the FAO indicate that the rapid growth in agricultural production during the past decades has enabled the world to produce enough food to provide every individual with more than 2700 Kcal per day. This level is more than sufficient to feed the whole world population. (Source: FAO/The World Bank Institute. Quoted 17.3.2014).

It seems that the imbalance (number of overweight/obese people vs. undernourished people worldwide) is caused and affected by several different attributes, including not only inefficient and poor infrastructure in some countries, but also a general lack of will to improve nutrition-related issues in many countries. How should these problems be solved?