Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), 19-21 November 2014

The development of global diets since ICN 1992: Influences of Agri-Food sector trends and policies

The scope of this report is to discuss dietary and nutritional changes and their causes since the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN) 1992, with particular reference to developments on international food markets and policies.

While the proportion of chronically hungry has been falling over the last two decades, the absolute number has remained stable at about 800m, and has been overtaken by the increasing numbers of overweight and obese individuals.

Many developing and middle income countries are experiencing a nutrition transition characterized by a movement from diets associated with undernutrition to diets associated with overnutritrion. Overweight and obesity are prevalent among low socio-economic groups in middle-income and developed countries and among the better off in poorer countries.

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