Double burden of undernutrition, rapidly expanding in Latin America among children and women
Low and middle-income countries risk seeing their development progress slashed by the double-edged sword of obesity and under-nutrition, both caused by a lack of access to affordable healthy food, a report in The Lancet warned on Monday.
This “double burden of malnutrition”, or DBM, affects more than a third of some 130 countries classed as low-and middle-income, the report in the medical journal said.
More alarming, it is increasingly seen in the same household - most commonly an overweight mother and a child stunted by under nutrition living under the same roof.
Both forms of malnutrition are linked to health problems and premature death, weighing heavily on a country's health system and labor productivity.