But one of the more recognized health problems in Australia is obesity and it’s dramatic; with more than 1/3 the population suffering from obesity, but what’s more dramatic is that hunger and obesity have both risen substantially within the last 30 years.
Unfortunately as you would already know, obesity doesn’t just affect Australia, but the whole world, with approximately 2.2 billion people being overweight and of that 700 …show more content…
The reality is that hunger and being overweight are linked and it affects millions of children and adults each day, and it is this paradox that threatens the health of the human race as a whole.
So what underlines and underpins both hunger and obesity? The short answer is food and food insecurity,
There is usually confusion and debatable information when it comes to obesity and food insecurity, Hunger and obesity can often occur within the same neighborhoods and even the same families. More than one in five kids lives in a food-insecure households, meaning their family's income doesn't allow for consistent access to food to meet the needs for the whole family.
Poverty and unemployment are key drivers that have led to food insecurity around the world, and as a result of limited income, individuals often choose cheaper, less healthy, calorie-dense foods such as processed and/or fast foods. Which as a result a child can look overweight however lack the healthy, nutrient-rich food their bodies need to flourish and grow.
More than 4.2 million Australians are food insecure, including more than 1 million …show more content…
This problem has helped to fuel an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other health related problems, not only in these countries but all over the world.
So what can be done and what is being done to solve food insecurity?
To decrease the risk of highly volatile prices, price regulations on commodities such as cereal stocks should be created to buffer the currently unstable food markets; this can be achieved through exporting large quantities of food from neighboring countries at low prices, lowering the average food price whilst increasing the food supply to the population.
Project Healthy Children’s micronutrient food fortification or PHC; donate life-supporting vitamins to some of the world’s chronically malnourished populations. Micronutrient deficiencies can cause preventable blindness, maternal death and birth defects. PHC works with national governments and food manufacturers to find low-cost, effective means of adding iron, folic acid, and iodine to local food supplies.