Malnutrition becoming ‘new normal’ amid obesity boom

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NEW DELHI: Malnutrition is becoming the “new normal” as rising rates of obesity across the world coincide with persistent undernutrition in many poorer countries, according to a major study released on Tuesday. The Global Nutrition Report said the number of people who are obese or overweight is rising almost everywhere, fueling an increase in diabetes and other diseases. Malnutrition covers a range of problems — from deficiencies in important vitamins and minerals for the undernourished to excessive levels of sugar, salt, fat or cholesterol in the blood for the obese. At least 57 of the 129 countries studied were experiencing serious levels of both undernutrition and adult obesity, putting huge pressure on health services, said the study.

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