The 2021 edition of the Global Nutrition Report examines progress towards global nutrition targets, the impact of diets on health and the environment, the nutrition financing landscape, and reporting on Nutrition for Growth commitments.
Key findings include:
- There is a lack of progress towards many nutrition targets. For example, no country is on track to meet targets on reducing salt intake or halting the rise in adult obesity, with over 40% of adults worldwide now being overweight or obese. However, many countries are making some progress on tackling childhood overweight and reducing stunting and wasting.
- Globally, intake of fruit, vegetables, legumes and nuts remains below recommended levels, while consumption of sugary drinks as well as red and processed meat is increasing (and is above the recommended level).
- The amount of money needed to meet nutrition targets has increased - partly due to the coronavirus pandemic - but the benefits to society are likely to far outweigh the costs.