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8th November, 2017
Global Nutrition Report 2017 finds overweight and obesity to be global health problems
Dr KK Aggarwal
“The world faces a grave nutrition situation” says the Global Nutrition Report 2017 released recently. It shows that malnutrition, whether due to undernutrition or obesity, is prevalent in almost all countries around the world, which is hampering the broader global development efforts. The report, which studied 140 countries including India, further highlights the need for an urgent, integrated response to meet any of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Report found ‘significant burdens’ of three important forms of malnutrition used as a indicator of broader trends:

  • Childhood stunting
  • Anemia in women of reproductive age
  • Overweight adult women

Most countries (88%) face the burden of two or three of these forms of malnutrition. Some key observations of the Report are:

  • Overweight and obesity are on the rise in almost every country; 2 billion adults are now overweight or obese. There is less than 1% chance of meeting the global target of halting the rise in obesity and diabetes by 2025.
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Lower cost of treatment, government policies to make conditions conducive for tourists, form some of the reasons for this growth
New Delhi, 07 November 2017: Medical tourism is seeing a steady growth in the country as per recent statistics. What currently stands at 3 billion dollars is expected to grow to about 7 to 8 billion dollars by the year 2020. India issued more than 1.78 lakh medical visas in the year 2016. As per the IMA, some of the major reasons for this increase in medical tourism in the country include the presence of world-class hospitals and skilled medical professionals. Apart from this, the cost of treatment for various major surgeries in India is only a fraction or even as low as 10% of that in many developed countries.
Medical tourism is the process of traveling outside the country of residence for receiving medical care. This originally referred to the travel of patients from less-developed countries to developed nations in pursuit of the treatments not available in their homeland.
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