The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that obesity and diet-related illnesses could emerge as major health threats in Central Asia and Caucasus.
A FAO report
links the trend to changing diet and lifestyle habits, as well as poverty.
The report warns that as diets shift from cereals toward higher consumption of meat and dairy products, the risk factors behind chronic, non-communicable diseases could rise in parts of the region.
The findings came in a report presented at the FAO regional conference in Baku on April 19-20.
The report also predicts that the percentage of people experiencing hunger in Central Asia and Caucasus will drop from nine to two percent by 2030, and then to one percent by 2050.