The double burden of malnutrition

The Lancet
The Lancet
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

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.

In this episode, researchers Camila Corvalan and Sandro Demaio discuss malnutrition, including obesity and undernutrition, around the world and how these issues are detrimentally impacting children.


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