Is it possible to be malnourished, anemic and obese at the same time? The answer is a yes according to the Global Nutrition Report.
How can obesity and malnourishment commonly occur at the same time you say? The answer is that people in poorer countries to a large degree rely on cheap carbs drained of all nutrients. And more ironically – these foods are often even recommended. Eating refined white flour, white rice or even just potatoes are enough to keep people alive, but not enough to keep people alive optimally. These foods are primarily fast digesting carbohydrates that mainly spike up insulin levels, increasing the risk of obesity and all types of diseases associated with it (hypertension, diabetes, etc).
What’s scary is that even though these foods are fueling metabolic syndrome, that seems to be all they’re fueling. They are lacking in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, so people are malnourished as well!
We need to stop promoting bad carbs (like bread) as health foods and instead recommend higher quality foods to people who need them – like meat, natural fats and vegetables.