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Urbanization and the Nutrition Transition

Citation

Popkin, Barry M. (2000). Urbanization and the Nutrition Transition. In Garrett, James L. & Ruel, Marie T. (Eds.), Achieving Urban Food and Nutrition Security in the Developing World (pp. Brief 7). Washington: International Food Policy Research Institute.

Abstract

Increasing urbanization in the developing world has brought a remarkably rapid shift toward a high incidence of obesity and noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and coronary problems, at a time when large segments of the population still face undernutrition and poverty-related diseases. Obesity and its related diseases, for example, affect 25-50 percent of the population in countries as disparate as Kuwait, Mexico, Thailand, and Tunisia. This “nutrition transition” - a term used to describe shirts in diet, physical activity, health, and nutrition - can be traced to higher incomes, the influence of mass media and food marketing, and a range of changes in the nature of work and leisure.

Reference Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

Achieving Urban Food and Nutrition Security in the Developing World

Series Title

2020 Brief

Author(s)

Popkin, Barry M.

Editor(s)

Garrett, James L.
Ruel, Marie T.

Year Published

2000

Pages

Brief 7

Publisher

International Food Policy Research Institute

City of Publication

Washington

Reference ID

2385