Economic growth and rising per capita incomes have all but wiped out hunger in Europe and Central Asia. But as countries become more affluent, changing consumption patterns are giving rise to other health threats. This "food insecurity transition" is documented in a new report released by FAO.

Latest figures of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) for 2015-16 indicates obesity may be the next major health challenge in the country.

Ahmedabad: This year's theme for World Kidney Day, which is celebrated on March 9 every year since 2006, is about linking obesity with kidney disorders, with the theme, Obesity and Kidney disease:

There is a perception that despite considerable economic growth, India has not made commensurate progress in addressing anthropometric (weight-for-age, height-for-age and weight-for-height or body mass index-for-age) undernutrition. The current national prevalence of undernutrition in children below five years is still high; 39% are stunted, 29% are underweight and 15% are wasted. However, this common belief appears somewhat flawed; there has been substantial improvement in stunting and underweight over the years.

The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4), the fourth in the NFHS series, provides information on population, health and nutrition for India and each State / Union territory. NFHS-4, for the first time, provides district-level estimates for many important indicators.

Study shows strong evidence of a link between excess body fat and cancers of the colon, breast, pancreas and ovary among others

The Kochi-headquartered Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has developed an anti-obesity nutraceutical from seaweeds.

Kids and teens in a Kiwi study on the health risks associated with obesity in young people were less physically active and spent more time watching screens than nationally recommended guidelines.

– The child obesity rate is seeing an alarming increase in the region compared with the rest of the world because of sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits, a fitness expert has said.

Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday that African countries would be the most affected by the disease.

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