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Mapping local patterns of childhood overweight and wasting in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2017

Damaris K Kinyoki, Jennifer M Ross, Alice Lazzar-Atwood, Sandra B Munro, Lauren E Schaeffer, Natalia V Bhattacharjee, Michael L Collison, Michael A Cork, Natalie Cormier, Nicole Davis Weaver, Aniruddha Deshpande, Samath Dhamminda Dharmaratne, Lucas Earl, Nathaniel J Henry, Gillian Hollerich, Kimberly B Johnson, Nicholas J Kassebaum, Kris J Krohn, Ian D Letourneau, Laurie B Marczak Show all



A double burden of malnutrition occurs when individuals, household members or communities experience both undernutrition and overweight. Here, we show geospatial estimates of overweight and wasting prevalence among children under 5 years of age in 105 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) from 2000 to 2017 and aggregate these to policy-relevant administrative units. Wasting decreased overall across LMICs between 2000 and 2017, from 8.4% (62.3 (55.1-70.8) million) to 6.4% (58.3 (47.6-70.7) million), but is predicted to remain above the World Health Organization's Global Nutrition Target of <5% in over half of LMICs by 2025. Prevalence of overweight increased from 5.2% (30 (22.8-38.5) milli..

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