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dc.contributor.authorKruger, Annamarie
dc.contributor.authorMargetts, Barrie Maxwell
dc.contributor.authorVorster, Hester Hendrina
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-15T08:04:51Z
dc.date.available2012-11-15T08:04:51Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationVorster, 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.issn2072-6643 (Online)
dc.identifier.issn1422-8599 (Online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/7765
dc.descriptionThis article belongs to the Special Issue: Nutritional Epidemiologyen_US
dc.description.abstractThe 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.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu3040429
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPI (Molecular Diversity Preservation International)en_US
dc.subjectSouth Africaen_US
dc.subjectnutrition transitionen_US
dc.subjectnutrient intakesen_US
dc.subjectobesityen_US
dc.subjecttype 2 diabetes mellitusen_US
dc.subjectcardiovascular diseaseen_US
dc.subjectTHUSA-studyen_US
dc.subjectPURE-studyen_US
dc.subjectTHUSA BANA-studyen_US
dc.subjectPLAY-studyen_US
dc.titleThe nutrition transition in Africa: can it be steered into a more positive direction?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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