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Tackling Malnutrition through Food Systems Approaches in Colombia

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Current patterns of development in Latin America and the parallel processes of urbanization and globalization around the world have accelerated the pace of the nutrition transition (changes in diet and physical activity and their effect on body composition).1,2 As a result, the prevalence of diet-related chronic dis- eases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease has dramatically increased.3 Countries like Colombia have experienced a rapid rate of change in behavioral health patterns, demographic distribution, and profile of disease.4 Health care,policy and food systems have not had sufficient time to respond to these rapid changes. In addition, unequal distribution of re- sources within the region has increased population health dis- parities, placing a higher burden of disease on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

Colombia is still battling the prevalence of infectious dis- eases, while also experiencing an increasing rate of morbidity and mortality due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In the midst of this dual burden of disease and in the transition from underweight to overweight, children and women are more vulnerable and are being dis proportionally affected. According to UNICEF, one in 10 children in Colombia suffers from chronic malnutrition, which is an average figure for Latin America and significantly lower than in Africa and Asia.

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Year 2016
Authors Diana C Parra
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/EFDZ2292
DOI Number 10.52439/EFDZ2292
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