WHO Southeast Asia Regional Office Releases Publication On Double Burden Of Malnutrition

WHO: The double burden of malnutrition: priority actions on ending childhood obesity
“Despite the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity in children, responses in addressing the problem … are inadequate in many countries in WHO South-East Asia Region where undernutrition is common. In these settings, prevention of childhood obesity is not a priority despite the clear links between undernutrition and overweight and obesity and an ever-increasing burden of noncommunicable disease. This publication provides regional and country data on the double burden of malnutrition, and particularly on childhood overweight and obesity, [and] highlights the need for an integrated approach to address overweight and obesity through integration into existing programs while supporting the improvement of food environments” (11/2).

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