The double burden of malnutrition: Case studies from six developing countries

"There is growing recognition of the emergence of a “double burden” of malnutrition with under- and overnutrition occurring simultaneously among different population groups in developing countries. This phenomenon is not limited to upper-income developing countries, but is occurring across the globe in countries with very different cultures and dietary customs. There is accumulating evidence that when economic conditions improve, obesity and dietrelated non-communicable diseases may escalate in countries with high levels of undernutrition. There is also evidence to indicate that undernutrition in utero and early childhood may predispose individuals to greater susceptibility to some chronic diseases." Edited by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 2006.


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