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The nutrition transition in Africa: can it be steered into a more positive direction?

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dc.contributor.author Kruger, Annamarie
dc.contributor.author Margetts, Barrie Maxwell
dc.contributor.author Vorster, Hester Hendrina
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-15T08:04:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-15T08:04:51Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Vorster, H.H. et al. 2011. The nutrition transition in Africa: can it be steered into a more positive direction? Nutrients, 3(4):429-441. [http://www.mdpi.com/journal/nutrients] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2072-6643 (Online)
dc.identifier.issn 1422-8599 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7765
dc.description This article belongs to the Special Issue: Nutritional Epidemiology en_US
dc.description.abstract The objective of this narrative review is to examine the nutrition transition and its consequences when populations in Africa modernize as a result of socio-economic development, urbanization, and acculturation. The focus is on the changes in dietary patterns and nutrient intakes during the nutrition transition, the determinants and consequences of these changes as well as possible new approaches in public health nutrition policies, interventions and research needed to steer the nutrition transition into a more positive direction in Africa. The review indicates that non-communicable, nutrition-related diseases have emerged in sub-Saharan Africa at a faster rate and at a lower economic level than in industrialized countries, before the battle against under-nutrition has been won. There is a putative epigenetic link between under- and over-nutrition, explaining the double burden of nutrition-related diseases in Africa. It is concluded that it is possible to steer the nutrition transition into a more positive direction, provided that some basic principles in planning public health promotion strategies, policies and interventions are followed. It is suggested that sub-Saharan African countries join forces to study the nutrition transition and implemented interventions on epidemiological, clinical and molecular (genetic) level for better prevention of both under- and over-nutrition. en_US
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu3040429
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI (Molecular Diversity Preservation International) en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject nutrition transition en_US
dc.subject nutrient intakes en_US
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject type 2 diabetes mellitus en_US
dc.subject cardiovascular disease en_US
dc.subject THUSA-study en_US
dc.subject PURE-study en_US
dc.subject THUSA BANA-study en_US
dc.subject PLAY-study en_US
dc.title The nutrition transition in Africa: can it be steered into a more positive direction? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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