In the recent decades, a new emergency called Globesity, is spreading in the world alarmingly, and it is considered by the World Health Organization, as an epidemic thats threatening the world’s health.
The percentage of obese people in the world is currently growing at double the rate of people suffering from hunger or malnutrition.
Indeed, for the first time in human history, the world has more overweight than underweight people, and – at global level - adult obesity is more common than undernutrition: in the world there are around 1.9 billion adults, and 41 million children under 5 who are overweight or obese.
Obesity has been considered for a long time the outcome of rich countries lifestyle such as the USA but at the moment the social, economic and political implications behind the modern phenomenon of Globesity are to be found not only in the excess of food, but also in its poor quality, and in the lack of access, by poorer sections of the population, to quality foods and adequate health care.
Experts state that this "epidemic" is largely a product of globalization and poverty, due to the fact that many cultures are abandoning their traditional local cuisine in favour of more caloric foodstuff and drinks.
This has lead to the fact that people suffering from malnutrition have become obese.
As The World Food Program underlines “undernutrition, when people do not get enough food, and obesity-itself a form of malnutrition, are two sides of the same coin, and together they inflict a socalled double burden of disease on people and economies, all over the world”.
"GLOBESITY" is an ongoing photojournalistic investigation project, realized on three continents and three target countries (Italy, South Africa and Mexico), showing the phenomenon of globesity. The aim of the investigation is to deepen our knowledge on the topic and examine the epidemic of obesity, its effects on people, on life conditions, in particular among low and middle-income countries.