We’ve all seen the impact of fast food on children’s weight and health in the UK and US. But now this man-made epidemic is spreading to Asia, where undernutrition is still rampant. Shockingly, in some countries there are equal numbers of children under five who are overweight and suffering from acute undernutrition. Urgent action is needed to address both of these issues.
Non-communicable diseases represent an increasing threat to human health and socioeconomic development. Diabetes, heart diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases cause an estimated 35 million deaths each year, 80 percent of which occur in low- and middle income countries (WHO 2010). The majority of these deaths could be prevented.