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The nutritional dual-burden in developing countries - how is it assessed and what are the health implications?

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posted on 09.07.2014 by Maria Ines Varela Silva, Federico Dickinson, Hannah J. Wilson, Hugo Azcorra, Paula Griffiths, Barry Bogin
This paper focuses on the phenomenon of the nutritional dual-burden in the developing world. Nutritional dual-burden is defined as the coexistence of under-and-over nutrition in the same population/group, the same household/family, or the same person. In this paper we aim: a) to describe the different types of nutritional dual-burden, b) to identify the anthropometric indicators generally used to classify the nutritional dual-burden, c) to focus our attention on a dual-burden group (the Maya from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico), d) to illustrate problems in the categorization of the dual-burden, and e) to suggest possible health implications. Our results show that, for our sample, the prevalence of individual dual- -burden among children is very low, but is very high among the mothers and for mother-child pairs (household dual-burden). Most importantly, the criteria used to assess the nutritional status of the individuals and of the families will play an important role in the estimated prevalence of nutritional dual-burden, and this will have practical impacts for health intervention programs.

Funding

We thank Adriana Vázquez-Vázquez and Jenice Tut- -Be for their collaboration during the entire duration of the fieldwork. This research project has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation: #ICRG-93.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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COLLEGIUM ANTROPOLOGICUM

Volume

36

Issue

1

Pages

39 - 45 (7)

Citation

VARELA-SILVA, M.I. ... et al., 2012. The nutritional dual-burden in developing countries - how is it assessed and what are the health implications? Collegium Antropologicum, 36 (1), pp. 39 - 45.

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© Collegium Antropologicum

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Publication date

2012

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This article was published in the journal, Collegium Antropologicum. The journal's website is at: http://www.CollAntropol.hr

ISSN

0350-6134

Language

en

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