The double burden of obesity and malnutrition in a protracted emergency setting: A cross-sectional study of Western Sahara refugees

by Carlos S. Grijalva-Eternod, Jonathan C. K. Wells, Mario Cortina-Borja et al.
PLoS Med 9(10): e1001320 (2 October 2012)

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The paper looks at the prevalence of the ‘double burden’ of malnutrition – under-nutrition and obesity – among refugees living in a prolonged emergency situation, who rely mostly on humanitarian food assistance for survival. Based on the findings,  a number of recommendations are made: to revise food assistance policies to take into consideration the longer term effects of meeting minimum nutritional needs in emergencies; and to promote long-term food security in protracted emergencies.

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