- Published: Tuesday, 14 June 2016 09:46
According to BBC reports, "Malnutrition is sweeping the world, fuelled by obesity as well as starvation, new research has suggested."
The new study titled 2016 Global Nutrition Report said 44% of countries were now experiencing "very serious levels" of both under-nutrition and obesity.
It means one in three people suffers from malnutrition in some form, according to the study of 129 countries.
The report further reveals that being malnourished is "the new normal".
Malnutrition has traditionally been associated with children who are starving, have stunted growth and are prone to infection.
These are still major problems, but progress has been made in this area.
The report's authors instead highlighted the "staggering global challenge" posed by rising obesity.
The increase is happening in every region of the world and in nearly every country, they said.
Hundreds of millions of people are malnourished because they are overweight, as well as having too much sugar, salt or cholesterol in their blood, the report said.