Situation in Germany
Von Daniela Weible and Johanna Schott | 27.06.2022
There is enough food available in Germany. Nevertheless, malnutrition and hunger exist in addition to overweight and obesity in the population due to poverty. What influence does the food environment have?
Although sufficient food is available and affordable, overweight, obesity, malnutrition and hunger exist simultaneously in Germany. According to the Robert Koch Institute, around two thirds of men and just over half of women were overweight in 2012.
Low-income households and children are often affected by food poverty and malnutrition. In general, too little fruit and vegetables and too much meat and meat products are consumed compared to the recommended amounts. At 60 kilograms per person per year, meat consumption in particular remains at too high a level.
At the same time, interest in vegan and vegetarian diets is increasing year by year. About four percent of the population eat a vegetarian diet and one percent a vegan diet.
The Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection (WBAE) at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Germany recently pointed out that the influence of the food environment on dietary habits is underestimated in the public and political debate; too much responsibility still lies with the individual.