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The Double Burden of Malnutrition - Lancet series

Various (2019) Lancet.  A series of research articles, Dec 2019  

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Abstract:

Executive Summary

The double burden of malnutrition is the coexistence of overnutrition (overweight and obesity) alongside undernutrition (stunting and wasting), at all levels of the population - country, city, community, household, and individual. This four paper Series explores how this coexistence is affecting low-income and middle-income countries.

Malnutrition in its many forms has previously been understood and approached as a separate public health issue, but the new emergent reality is that undernutrition and overnutrition are interconnected and, therefore, double-duty actions that simultaneously address more than one dimension must be implemented for policy solutions to be effective. In addition to policy recommendations, the Series includes a focus on both historical and biological contexts, and new economic analysis.

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