Addressing Overweight and Obesity in Low- And Middle-Income Countries: Roles and Recommendations for Non-Governmental Organizations and Program Implementers

In by Avani Duggaraju

CORE Group



It is the position of the Nutrition Working Group of CORE Group that prevention of overweight and obesity be incorporated into nutrition programming in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), complementing the current focus on undernutrition programming. The proportion of the global population experiencing overweight and obesity is increasing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where overweight and obesity exists alongside persistent conditions of undernutrition and among populations often targeted for development and humanitarian assistance, such as women of reproductive age and young children.

The roles identified for NGOs and program implementers included:

  1. nutrition programming strategies and policies,
  2. advocacy and stakeholder engagement,
  3. partnerships in research and implementation
  4. technical support