Venezuelans report big weight losses in 2017 as hunger hits

Venezuelans report big weight losses in 2017 as hunger hits, by Vivian Sequera.

Venezuelans reported losing on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight last year and almost 90 percent now live in poverty, according to a new university study on the impact of a devastating economic crisis and food shortages. …

Over 60 percent of Venezuelans surveyed said that during the previous three months they had woken up hungry because they did not have enough money to buy food. About a quarter of the population was eating two or less meals a day, the study showed. …

Maduro blames the country’s problems on an economic war waged by the opposition and business leaders, with help from Washington.