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UN World Food Day: Pope Francis Laments Paradox of Hunger, Obesity

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7Dnews London

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 08:43 GMT

Pope Francis is calling for lifestyle and dietary changes to address the paradox of a world in which people suffer from malnutrition in some areas and obesity in others, AP reported on Wednesday October 16th.

In a message delivered in the Vatican City on Wednesday when the United Nations marked World Food Day, Francis regretted the "distorted relationship between food and nutrition" which he blamed on the global economy's profit-at-any-cost mentality.

While obesity used to be a problem limited to the developed world, Francis said, it is increasingly wreaking havoc in poorer countries, leading to increased cases of diabetes, heart problems and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

"Nutritional disorders can only be combatted by the cultivation of lifestyles inspired by gratitude for the gifts we have received and the adoption of a spirit of temperance, moderation, abstinence, self-control and solidarity," AP reported, quoting the pontiff.