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Journal of Public Health

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 771–773 | Cite as

A plan to attenuate hunger and obesity: killing two birds with one stone

  • Jalal HejaziEmail author
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Abstract

Aim

Obesity and hunger are two of the most important health problems worldwide. In many developing countries, both of these conditions exist. The main reason for obesity is calorie intake that exceeds energy expenditure, and insufficient calorie intake is the main cause of hunger. The aim of the present manuscript is to introduce a plan for attenuating both of these problems.

Methods

According to this plan, as a first step, overweight and obese participants are invited to reduce 25% of their calorie intake by subtracting a quarter of their usual portions. As the second step, a non-governmental organization (NGO) collects the separated raw materials (from households) or foods (from restaurants) at specific time intervals. The third step is the identification of the undernourished people and asking them to participate in the program. Social media will have a crucial role in this context.

Conclusion

Every society can benefit from this program. It will not impose any extra financial burden on the participants or governments.

Keywords

Poverty Overweight Social media Caloric restriction 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Ms. Saeedeh Esmailzadeh for English revision of the paper. No financial support was provided for this manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The author has no conflict of interest to declare.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nutrition, School of MedicineZanjan University of Medical SciencesZanjanIran

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