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Current statistics of nourishment, obesity, anemia, and top deadly diseases

The number of undernourished people has increased in the last five years, now at nearly one billion. In addition, more than a billion of us suffer the consequences of obesity and overweight, often coupled with mal-nourishment. Two billion are anemic. In the US, four of the top six most deadly diseases are food related.

1). Who Are the Hungry? The World Food Program, (accessed May 29, 2012) 2). Olivier De Schutter, “’Obesogenic’ food systems must be reformed: Five ways to tackle disastrous diets,” GRAIN, Mar. 12, 2012. 3). Theodore H. Tulchinsky, Elena Yaravikova, "The New Public Health," (Burlington, MA: Elsevier Academic Press, 2009), 310. 4). Kenneth D. Kochanek, “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2009,” National Vital Statistics Report 59, no. 4 (2011):4-5,

[verified 4/25/14]

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