The double burden of malnutrition: policy brief

World Health Organization

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Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 10
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/NMH/NHD/17.3



This policy brief explains the double burden of malnutrition now facing many countries worldwide – characterized by the coexistence of undernutrition along with overweight, obesity or diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The purpose of this policy brief is to increase attention to, and action for cost-effective interventions and policies to address the double burden of malnutrition within the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition – and, through this, to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of ending all forms of malnutrition (SDG2) and ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages (SDG3).

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