More than half of the world’s malnutrition disease burden is borne by the G20 countries. This includes malnutrition related to undernutrition, obesity, and noncommunicable diseases. This policy brief recommends the G20 countries affirm a target of reducing the malnutrition burden by 50 percent by 2030.

Overweight and obesity rates across low- and middle-income countries have approached levels found in high-income countries. While overweight and obesity are more prevalent in urban areas, they are also on the rise in rural areas. Little research has been conducted on the effects of food systems on overweight and obesity.

More than half of the world's population will be overweight or obese by 2035 without significant action, according to this World Obesity Atlas 2023 published by the World Obesity Federation.

Regional Overview present the regional food security and nutrition situation, including trends of undernourishment, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, together with other indicators that could help the understanding of the causes of hunger and malnutrition.

Poor diets and malnutrition in all its forms are among the greatest global social challenges of our time.

Achieving food security and improving nutrition are crucial to reach the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Estimates in 2020 showed that the number of hungry has been on the rise again, and is currently estimated at 690 million people.1 Obesity is also rising in all regions, reflecting a food system that produces unbalanced results.

A United Nations study indicates that hunger in the Arab region continues to rise, threatening the region's efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Zero Hunger goal.

Although severe hunger has not been a major issue in Europe and Central Asia in the past 20 years, the region is in part facing an increase of moderate food insecurity - understood as irregular access to nutritious and sufficient food -, while also dealing with the widespread rapid growth of obesity, challenging its ability to achieve food secur

More than one-third of the world population is overweight or suffering from hunger, proving that our current food system is inefficient and needs urgent transformations.