The UN's food agency said obesity and poor nutrition weigh heavily
on the global economy and told governments that investing in food health would
bring big economic as well as social returns.
Improving nutrition would boost earnings, "with a benefit-to-cost ratio of
almost 13 to 1," it said, adding that some 1.4 billion people in the world are
now overweight and a third of them are obese.
Good nutrition is important
Governments could also help consumers through subsidies, targeted food
assistance for at-risk groups such as children and the elderly, and better
product labelling to help shoppers choose more nutritious food.