Hunger once seemed like a simple problem. Around the globe, often in low-income countries, many people didn’t get enough calories.
But increasingly, hunger exists side-by-side with obesity. Within the same community, some people are overweight while others don’t have enough to eat.
And the tricky part: You can’t “fix” hunger by just feeding people empty calories. You’ve got to nourish people with healthy, nutrient-dense foods, so they don’t become obese.
A new report published in The Lancet shines a spotlight on this paradox. The dual problems of undernourishment and obesity — often referred to as the double burden of malnutrition.