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World Food Consumption

A report published by the 'World Health Organisation' near the end of 2002 claims that there are more than 1 billion people overweight in the world - nearly six times the number of those who are malnourished; and of those overweight at least 300 million are clinically obese.

Half a million people in Europe and North America wil die annually from obesity-related diseases, the WHO predicts; while, in poor countries there are 170 million underweight children, over 3 million of whom will die this year as a result. Without action, worldwide deaths from the problem will rise from 3 million to 5 million by 2020.

Food consumption is among the major risk factors for disease, disability and death, according to the report. 'Malnourished'; 'Obesity'; 'World Health Organisation'

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