SANTIAGO – Obesity levels in Chile continue to rise, making Chile the second country in the OECD with the most overweight people behind the United States. The latest UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report shows concerning figures about the country. At the same time, 700.000 Chileans suffer from hunger.
The report, released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), show that obesity and overweight have become national health problems in Chile. La Tercera, the Chilean news paper that got access to the report, writes that according to the figures, obesity levels in the country are among the highest in the Americas and in the world. 34,4 percent of the Chilean population over 15 years has some form of obesity, and the numbers continue to rise.
For now, only the United States with 40 percent surpasses Chile, looking at all the countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Within the Americas, Chile has one of the highest rates of child overweight, with 9,3 percent of the children under five years suffering from some form of overweight.
Most Chileans don´t eat and drink healthy, according to the Food Consumption Survey of the Ministry of Health: only 5 percent of the Chilean population follows the minimum recommendations of the national food authorities, and only 15 percent consumes the recommended portions of fruits and vegetables.
Meanwhile, 700.000 Chileans suffer from hunger
According to another FAO report, called “The state of food security and nutrition in the world 2018”, figures show that 3,3 percent of the Chilean population, equivalent to 700.000 people, don´t meet their minimum daily energy requirements. The statistics of both reports are exemplary for the inequality that exists in Chile: hundreds of thousands of Chileans suffer from hunger on a daily basis while millions of Chileans suffer from some form of overweight.
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today. He worked in Colombia, Surinam and the Netherlands as reporter and works with international media during major events, like the social crisis, the elections and the Pope’s visit.