UK parliamentary event highlights malnutrition in the UK and abroad

World Cancer Research Fund International joins forces with parliamentarians and other organisations calling on the UK Government to tackle both under-nutrition and overweight/obesity

14 April 2016

Louise Codling, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said: “Today’s UK parliamentary event marks an important milestone in the lead up to the Nutrition for Growth Summit in Rio. We call on the UK Government to continue to exercise global leadership in tackling malnutrition in all its forms, by exploring and implementing ‘co-benefit’ actions that tackle both under-nutrition and overweight & obesity. The Rio Summit offers an important opportunity to ensure that the UK delivers access to healthy, affordable and sustainable diets for all, both in the UK and abroad.”

The Nutrition for Growth Summit is to be held in Rio de Janeiro alongside this summer’s Olympic Games, and brings together business leaders, academics, governments and civil society to tackle malnutrition in all its forms, including reducing the number of overweight and obese children under 5, by making ambitious financial and political commitments.

Through our analysis of global research, World Cancer Research Fund International know that being overweight or obese increases the risk of 10 cancers. This is a concern as there are 1.9 billion overweight adults worldwide – with more than 600 million of them classed as obese.

The parliamentary event was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture, Food and Development; the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger; the All Party Parliamentary Group for Brazil; and the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food. The civil society groups in attendance were World Cancer Research Fund International, RESULTS UK, The Food Foundation, WaterAid, Action Against Hunger, Concern Worldwide, Church Action on Poverty, Sustain, Institute of Development Studies, First Steps Nutrition Trust.