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The Global Nutrition Report 2017 calls for nutrition to be placed at the heart of efforts to end poverty, fight disease, raise educational standards and tackle climate change.

This year’s edition of the annual Global Nutrition Report „Nourishing the SDGs“ was published in November 2017. The report was produced by an Independent Expert Group empowered by the Global Nutrition Report Stakeholder Group.  It states that almost every country in the world faces a serious nutrition-related challenge, whether stemming from undernutrition or obesity.

In all 140 countries studied, the report found ‘significant burdens’ of three important forms of malnutrition used as an indicator of broader trends: childhood stunting, anaemia in women of reproductive age and overweight adult women.

According to the report, overweight and obesity are on the rise in almost every country while the rates of undernutrition in children are decreasing, but not fast enough. Rising rates of anaemia in women of reproductive age are also cited as a concern, with almost one in three women affected worldwide and no country on track to meet global targets.

The authors state that without additional effort, it will be difficult to meet the global target of halting the rise in obesity and diabetes by 2025 as well as meeting the internationally agreed nutrition goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 2.2 to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

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