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David Crawford, Robert W. Jeffery, Kylie Ball, and Johannes Brug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.001.0001

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The implications of the nutrition transition for obesity in the developing world

The implications of the nutrition transition for obesity in the developing world

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(p.136) Chapter 10 The implications of the nutrition transition for obesity in the developing world
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Obesity Epidemiology
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Barry M. Popkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.003.0010

From limited nationally representative surveys, the shifts in diet and physical activity patterns around the world have accelerated in the past decade. Rapid increases in the globalization of the food-supply and food-distribution networks, technology related to work and leisure, and the coverage of mass media are key global causal factors. Each of these global forces, along with urbanization and other shifts at the local level, underlie the quickening of the rate of change of diet and activity patterns of large subpopulation groups in most countries. This chapter highlights data on these dietary trends with a combination of individual dietary-intake analysis and more aggregate consumption analysis. It then discusses the implications of these trends for public health policy and programmes.

Keywords:   diet, physical activity, obesity, nutrition, public health policy

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