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Diet-related illnesses to threaten Europe, Central Asia: FAO

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13:29, April 19, 2012

ROME, April 18 (Xinhua) -- By 2030, diet-related diseases could emerge as major problems in Europe and Central Asia, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.

According to a report by the Rome-based organization, the percentage of people experiencing hunger in the Caucasus and Central Asia will drop from 9 to 2 percent by 2030 and then to 1 percent by 2050.

However, while hunger declines, obesity and diet-related illnesses like heart disease could emerge as major health challenges.

As diets shift from cereals towards higher consumption of meat and dairy, the risk factors behind chronic and non-communicable diseases could rise in parts of the region, the report warned.

Besides diet, lifestyle habits, poverty and medical care also influence obesity, disease and death rates, it added.

These increased risk levels will place greater pressure on healthcare facilities in the poorer countries of Central Asia than in the European member states, the report said.

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