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Mapping local patterns of childhood overweight and wasting in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2017

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Kinyoki, DK and Ross, JM and Lazzar-Atwood, A and Munro, SB and Schaeffer, LE and Singh, A and Afshin, A and Hay, SI, LBD Double Burden of Malnutrition Collaborators, Mapping local patterns of childhood overweight and wasting in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2017, Nature Medicine, 26, (5) pp. 750-759. ISSN 1078-8956 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41591-020-0807-6

Abstract

A double burden of malnutrition occurs when individuals, household members or communities experience both undernutrition and overweight. Here, we show geospatial estimates of overweight and wasting prevalence among children under 5 years of age in 105 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) from 2000 to 2017 and aggregate these to policy-relevant administrative units. Wasting decreased overall across LMICs between 2000 and 2017, from 8.4% (62.3 (55.1–70.8) million) to 6.4% (58.3 (47.6–70.7) million), but is predicted to remain above the World Health Organization’s Global Nutrition Target of <5% in over half of LMICs by 2025. Prevalence of overweight increased from 5.2% (30 (22.8–38.5) million) in 2000 to 6.0% (55.5 (44.8–67.9) million) children aged under 5 years in 2017. Areas most affected by double burden of malnutrition were located in Indonesia, Thailand, southeastern China, Botswana, Cameroon and central Nigeria. Our estimates provide a new perspective to researchers, policy makers and public health agencies in their efforts to address this global childhood syndemic.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Obesity, overweight, malnutrition, childhood overweight
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Child and adolescent development
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Singh, A (Mr Ambrish Singh)
ID Code:150312
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-06-07
Last Modified:2022-06-08
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