Lancet Series on the Double Burden of Malnutrition

19 December, 2019

Citation, extract and comment from me below.

CITATION: A new nutrition manifesto for a new nutrition reality

Francesco Branca et al

Published: December 15, 2019


'Malnutrition is a global challenge that all countries need to address. Despite some progress, the world is not on track to meet globally agreed goals and targets for nutrition. While more than 149 million children have stunted growth, childhood overweight and obesity are increasing almost everywhere, and suboptimal diets are responsible for one in five (22%) adult deaths globally. The Lancet's Series on the Double Burden of Malnutrition highlights this new nutrition reality: we can no longer characterise countries as low-income and undernourished or high-income and only concerned with obesity...'

Comment (Neil PW): The paper talks rightly of reducing stigma (although it's unclear whether this would reduce obesity) but I could not find anything on health education about the health risks of obesity. It would be inteesting to know the level of knowledge among the public in different countries about the health risks of obesity. HIFA has demonstrated that governments are obliged under international human rights law to ensure that the people are informed about such risks, but I suspect very few governments take this responsibility seriously. Meanwhile, some countries and cultures see obesity as a sign of wealth and, indeed, health.

Best wishes, Neil

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