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    In the past 20 to 30 years, accelerated changes to local food systems and dietary patterns in Fiji have contributed to rising rates of overweight and obesity. The rise in these forms of malnutrition has led to an increase in the incidence of a range of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular diseases. NCDs are now behind over 80 percent of deaths in Fiji annually, generating a significant social and economic burden. This brief outlines one of the focus areas of a research project titled 'The role of diets and food systems in the prevention of obesity and non-communicable diseases in Fiji' on what diets can do to prevent overweight, obesity, and NCDs in Fiji.
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    State of Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific Region, including Future Prospects and Emerging Issues 2018
    The Asia and the Pacific region has made remarkable progress in reducing food insecurity and malnutrition over the past quarter of a century, albeit with variations across subregions. Nevertheless, the triple burden of malnutrition, the coexistence of undernutrition, obesity and overweight, and micronutrient deficiencies, weighs heavily on the performance of countries of the region. The improvements in food security and nutrition, as well as the increase in obesity and overweight – have resulted to a large extent from the increased availability of and access to food. Diets have improved in quality and quantity as overall, people consume less cereals and more livestock productsThese changes in dietary intake and quality were made possible, inter alia, by the development of crop agriculture, through the adoption of improved varieties of rice, wheat and maize, coupled with increased use of fertilizer and other inputs and an increase in the areas under irrigation. In turn, these factors made it possible to increase cereal production for food and animal feed. Improved feed coupled with improvements in livestock breeding allowed increased production of meat, milk, eggs and other livestock products. Horticulture and fisheries also saw large increases in some countries. The development of agriculture, covering crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry, 1. led to higher incomes for rural households and kept food prices lower than they would otherwise have been. These factors improved availability of and access to food, thus improving nutrition, but with large subregional disparities. South Asia, for example, lagged behind Southeast Asia and East Asia.
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    Tackling Obesity and Diet-related Chronic Diseases
    Transforming food systems for health and wellbeing
    2019
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    Obesity and its associated non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become a major contributor to adult disease and death. More and more people are becoming overweight and obese and growing numbers are dying from illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Driving this global shift in malnutrition and NCDs are unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour. Our food systems and food environments are not delivering the diets needed to promote and sustain optimum health. FAO is working with the public and private sectors to reform them – advising on and transforming the way food is produced, collected, stored, transported, processed and distributed – to improve diets and health and to address the impact on natural resources.

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