Addressing the Double Burden of Malnutrition in Zambia and Indonesia

November 8th, 2019

Zambia and Indonesia are challenged by the double burden of malnutrition (DBM). Along with persisting issues of undernutrition, shifting diets towards foods high in sugar, fat, and salt are causing increasing problems of overweight, obesity and related non-communicable diseases. How can low- and middle-income countries such as Zambia and Indonesia address DBM? What national policy measures have already been undertaken? And what role do international organizations play in this nutrition response? Our intern Inge de Bresser committed to answering these questions as part of her master’s in Global Health.

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Addressing the Double Burden of Malnutrition in Nigeria

July 10th, 2019

The Double Burden of Malnutrition is a key issue in global health. Choices International, working with national health authorities and nutrition platforms, wants to know how this issue is perceived and addressed on a national level. To answer that question, Semnen Lambert, masters student in International Public Health at the Vrije University Amsterdam and coming from Nigeria, did her internship at Choices. Here is what she found.

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(Ultra-) processed food: friend or foe?

March 28th, 2019

A few years ago, processed food became one of the main suspects to have caused the obesity pandemic. However, processed foods include all products that have undergone some kind of processing for reasons of digestibility, preservation, palatability etc. This includes products that are generally accepted as healthy, such as chopped cabbage, cheese, slices of fruit, whole grain bread and frozen fish. Now, the finger is pointed to ultra-processed food.

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