Technical Brief – Addressing overweight and obesity in LMICs: Roles and recommendations for non-governmental organizations and program implementers

In by Avani Duggaraju

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CORE Group



This technical brief shares highlights from a position paper by CORE Group’s Nutrition Working Group (NWG).

The proportion of the global population experiencing overweight and obesity (OwOb) continues to increase. OwOb currently affects approximately 44% of all adults and 20% of all children 5-17 years of age, and overweight affects almost 6% of all children under 5 years of age; the vast majority of these populations reside in LMICs. It is the position of the Nutrition Working Group of CORE Group that prevention of overweight and obesity among adults, adolescents, and children be incorporated into nutrition programming in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), complementing the current focus on undernutrition programming.