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05 June 2013

Tackling junk food will boost world economy

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.

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.

 
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