October 16 is World Food Day.
This year’s theme motto: Healthy diets for a zero hunger world
Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and general public.
World Food Day Challenge
Planeta.com celebrates World Food Day each year. We are inspired by the work of the FAO and welcome the opportunity to take a deep dive into timely topics. We challenge readers to reflect and explore Word Food Day across the social web and in your own community. Learn what efforts are underway. Bonus points for those digital angels who amplify good practice.
Questions for readers
- What are your favorite food / foodie accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?
- How do you translate World Food Day in other languages? Bonus points for Indigenous languages.
Questions for the FAO
- Are there livestreaming or recorded videos from the World Food Day events?
- When do you decide on the theme for next year’s World Food Day?
- What would you like others to know about the FAO?
About World Food Day 2019
In recent decades, we have dramatically changed our diets and eating habits as a result of globalization, urbanization and income growth.
We have moved from seasonal, mainly plant-based and fibre-rich dishes to diets that are high in refined starches, sugar, fats, salt, processed foods, meat and other animal-source products. Less time is spent preparing meals at home, and consumers, especially in urban areas, increasingly rely on supermarkets, fast food outlets, street food vendors and take-away restaurants.
A combination of unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles has sent obesity rates soaring, not only in developed countries, but also low-income countries, where hunger and obesity often coexist. Now over 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys (5-19 years) are obese, and over 40 million children under 5 are overweight, while over 820 million people suffer from hunger.
An unhealthy diet is the leading risk factor for deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and certain cancers. Linked with one fifth of deaths worldwide, unhealthy eating habits are also taking a toll on national health budgets costing up to USD 2 trillion per year.
Obesity and other forms of malnutrition affect nearly one in three people. Projections indicate that the number will be one in two by 2025. The good news is that affordable solutions exist to reduce all forms of malnutrition, but they require greater global commitment and action.