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Pope Francis: People suffering from Obesity are victims of improper dietary habits

breitbart: Pope Francis said that there is a “distorted relationship between food and nutrition” in the world, resulting in both world hunger and obesity, even in poorer nations.

In a message Wednesday to Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the pope said that food “is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction.”

This means that “820 million of the world’s people suffer from hunger, while almost 700 million are overweight, victims of improper dietary habits,” the pontiff stated in his message for World Food Day.

Many of these overweight people, he suggested, are found not in affluent nations but in developing countries “where they eat little but increasingly poorly, since they imitate dietary models imported from developed areas.”

Francis said that these improper eating habits call for “a conversion in our way of living and acting,” which must begin with nutrition.

“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,” he said.

These nutritional virtues “summon us to a more simple and sober life, and unfailing concern for the needs of those around us,” he added.

Whereas individualism and egocentrism “serve only to generate hunger and social inequality,” he said, . a “fraternal solidarity that seeks the common good” will promote a healthy relationship with ourselves, with our brothers and sisters, and with the environment.

As is his wont, the pope proposed that the problem of malnutrition and hunger are ultimately the by-products of the free market economy.

“The battle against hunger and malnutrition will not end as long as the logic of the market prevails and profit is sought at any cost, with the result that food is relegated to a mere commercial product subject to financial speculation and with little regard for its cultural, social and indeed symbolic importance,” he said.

“It is a cruel, unjust and paradoxical reality that, today, there is food for everyone and yet not everyone has access to it,” he said, “and that in some areas of the world food is wasted, discarded and consumed in excess.”

“To escape from this spiral,” he concluded, “we need to promote economic institutions and social initiatives which can give the poor regular access to basic resources.”

Source: Published by breitbart

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Oriji Chizoba
Oriji Chizoba
3 months ago

Pope Francis is very accurate on this. Poor nutrition is no nutrition at all. Both obesity and anorexia are extremities that should be avoided at all costs.

Uzoma chinasa comfort
Uzoma chinasa comfort
3 months ago

Pop Francis is correct.yes Bad life style and not eating right most times causes obesity

Anyadike Rosesandra
Anyadike Rosesandra
3 months ago

Very accurate…Poor nutrition n proper diet ..

Maureen Eric
Maureen Eric
2 months ago

Well said

Isah abdulmumeen
Isah abdulmumeen
2 months ago

Really

Matthew chinedu
Matthew chinedu
2 months ago

Well said

Maureen Eric
Maureen Eric
2 months ago

Very correct

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
2 months ago

Pope is very correct, people eat to fill their belly and for good health in developing countries.

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
2 months ago

Pope, Any ways thanks for your advice, you r a good teacher as far as nutrition is concern. I hope they accepts what you have stated

Usaini Stephen
Usaini Stephen
1 month ago

really

Ezema oliver uchenna
Ezema oliver uchenna
1 month ago

Very correct my pope,malnutrition is very bad

Delight adebayo
Delight adebayo
1 month ago

why

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
1 month ago

yeah it’s actually true

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
1 month ago

Thats true

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
1 month ago

Pope, you are right sir.

ossai Kingsley Collins
ossai Kingsley Collins
1 month ago

Pope Francis is right

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
1 month ago

Certainly true.

mmuotoo chibuike peter
mmuotoo chibuike peter
1 month ago

Some obesity are lack of exercise

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
1 month ago

Junky food brought obesity.

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
1 month ago

True fact

Friday Barinua Michael
Friday Barinua Michael
1 month ago

Good one

Okoroiwu Chinenye Linda
Okoroiwu Chinenye Linda
1 month ago

Pope Francis is on point,obesity is not really overfeeding but not eating right.

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
1 month ago

Frankly speaking.

Tavershima Maurice
Tavershima Maurice
29 days ago

Pop is right

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
26 days ago

Pope Francis is very correct.

Igwejonah miracle
Igwejonah miracle
23 days ago

Poor nutrition and lifestyle is bad