New NCD-RisC research

From 1985 to 2016, the incidence of malnutrition in the population declined, and the incidence of obesity and extreme obesity increased in most regions, with significant geographical differences in the extent of these changes. The new research of the international consortium NCD-RisC, in which the associates of our Center also participated, monitored the change in the value of body mass index (BMI) in the context of changes in malnutrition, obesity and morbid obesity in different regions of the world. Data from 2,896 population-based studies with 187 million participants were used. For example, the largest absolute increase in the prevalence of obesity occurred in Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Western countries, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania (women) and Central and Eastern Europe (men). The authors concluded that policies addressing all forms of malnutrition are needed to make healthy food affordable, while limiting access to unhealthy food to fiscal and regulatory constraints. The article was published in the latest issue of eLife journal and is available to read at the following link.