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Indonesia’s triple burden of malnutrition

This report from Sustainable Diets for All (a programme by Hivos and the International Institute for Environment and Development) documents a food diaries project in East Java that aimed to address the triple burden of malnutrition: co-existing undernutrition, overweight and micronutrient deficiencies.

The project found that 4 in 10 children studied do not have a diverse diet and are therefore at higher risk of nutritional deficiency, and that ultra-processed foods, sweets and monosodium glutamate are widely consumed. The researchers recommend that under-nutrition, overweight and obesity, and micronutrient deficiency should be treated holistically rather than as separate issues.

Read the full report, Indonesia’s triple burden of malnutrition: A call for urgent policy change, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is malnutrition?

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